Merit Ariane

Merit Ariane is a singer and composer whose work explores the fluid boundaries between music and theatre, cultures and languages. Her storytelling through songs is inspired by her German–Egyptian heritage, and draws on Arab and …

Rachel Beckles Willson

Rachel Beckles Willson is the founder of Music Boat. She is a multi-instrumentalist, researcher and composer, Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. Two recent and ongoing projects are Today is Good!, a song-writing project …

Negar Bouban

Negar Bouban, Iranian musician, Oud player, composer and musicologist, was born in 1973, Tehran. She got her Master’s of Architecture from the faculty of fine arts -University of Tehran, after designing for Tehran’s music conservatory, …

Kamilya Jubran

Kamilya Jubran grew up in Al Rameh – a Palestinian village situated in Galilée. Raised by her music loving parents, she was introduced and initiated to classical Arabic music , and particularly by her father …

Ramy Maalouf

Ramy Maalouf is a Lebanese flute player and composer. He holds a baccalaureate from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, a BA in musicology from University Saint Esprit Kaslik (USEK) and a graduate diploma …

Aura Rascon

Flutist, composer and interdisciplinary artist, Aura Rascón has been the first musician of Mexican origin to specialize professionally in the Bansuri (the bamboo flute of India). Nowadays, with a trajectory of more than 15 years …

Antonio Romero

Antonio Romero is a Spanish percussionist who has developed a deep understanding in, and mastery of percussion. He was co-founder and drummer of one of the most influential groups to appear on the Spanish pop-rock …

Yasamin Shahhosseini

Yasamin Shahhosseini is an Iranian oud player aspiring to redefine the cultural and stylistic possibilities of her instrument, and the Iranian tradition more broadly. She performs extensively in Iran and other countries such as USA, Germany, …

Shirley Smart

Shirley Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in jazz and Middle Eastern music, as well as classical music. Originally trained …