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.
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:
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.
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.