I discovered the oud in Palestine, where between between 2006 and 2009 I was doing research. After buying an instrument in 2010, I started learning rather informally and very sporadically, but I was privileged to have lessons with musicians in a range of oud traditions from Egyptian and Iraqi to Turkish and more broadly Ottoman. I worked with Khyam Allami, Charbel Rohana, Necati Celik and Yurdal Tokcan in particular, but also in seminars with Evgenios Voulgaris and Harris Lambrakis. I accompanied my studies of the instrument with historical research and study of makam, which led me back into composing, thanks also to inspiring studies with Ross Daly.

I have been happy to develop several performance projects since then, playing concerts but also contributing to a range of educational and fund-raising events, as well as some literary evenings and other cultural happenings.

The gaze of Sharbat Gula

The Storyteller of Jerusalem

Oudmigrations launch

Oudmigrations launch

Music for the Renaissance Emir

Sing no sad songs for me

Sing no sad songs for me

We hear the music in their feet

We hear the music in their feet

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