New work! Unwept Tears

What happens to our secrets? What happens to our hidden stories? Eventually they find their way out. Unwept Tears began as a story and became a piece of music before turning into a film. Text and music by Rachel Beckles Willson Narration, oud, udu and sampled voice: Rachel Beckles WIllson Read more…

Kronberg Academy Guest Seminar

I am honoured to have been invited to join Kirill Gerstein in the distinguished online forum for leading thinkers hosted by Kronberg Academy on 20 May, 5pm BST (6pm CET). “Sound journeys with the oriental lute”. What can Europeans learn from listening to the oud? Something about difference and cross-cultural Read more…

Winning the Frances Densmore Prize

I am thrilled to have won the Frances Densmore Prize for my article “Orientation through Instruments: The ʿūd, the Palestinian Home, and Kamīlyā Jubrān” in the world of music (new series), vol. 8, no. 1, 2019.  This prize is awarded annually by the American Musical Instrument Society for the most Read more…

Study World Music!

Do you want to study world music traditions? To play and sing music of the Middle East? Of India? My new Music Boat may be for you.  It brings together a team of outstanding musicians in the classcial traditions of Asia, in search of new ways of sharing repertoire in a Read more…