Ensembles 

While a graduate student, I was a member of the University of Chicago Middle Eastern Music Ensemble 
I had the privilege of playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and also with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. 
Here is audio of one of our songs with the CSO, a powerful song by the Palestinian composer Issa Boulos

YouTube Video



While at the University of British Columbia, I helped create the UBC Persian Music Ensemble. We had several successful concerts with hundreds of fans and dozens of members. I also met some amazing musicians, like this Kamance player Sina Ettehad

Improvisation with Sina Ettehad on Kamanche



Currently in Brisbane, I play as a part of an ensemble called Safar. Safar means "journey" in several Middle Eastern languages. Here is a photo of us: 



Safar grew from Waziz: a loose collection of musicians interested in Middle Eastern and Eastern European tunes. Here is a documentary about this Waziz. 

YouTube Video


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Instruments


My main instrument is Santoor, an ancient instrument played in Iran, the Arab World and Turkey, Greece, China, .... I started playing the Santoor when I was nine years old with Masoud Gharibzadeh. 




I started playing classical Guitar under Stephen Boswell a few years ago. 





Riq is a percussion instrument of the Arab world. I started learning Riq under the Guidance of Issa Boulos.