Basel Rajoub is a saxophonist and composer-improviser who creates contemporary tradition-based music inspired by Middle Eastern rhythms and melodic modes as well as jazz. Born in Aleppo, Syria, he graduated from the Damascus High Institute of Music and is a winner of Radio Monte Carlo’s Moyen-Orient Music Award. Basel is active in a variety of contemporary music groups that bring together musicians from different parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia, and is the founder and leader of the Basel Rajoub ensemble. Basel lives in Geneva, Switzerland.
Andrea Piccioni is considered one of the leaders worldwide on frame drums and author of a technical and stylistic renewal on the Italian Tamburello, has crossed with his style the boundaries of jazz, world, and early music. He touring worldwide with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Gianluigi Trovesi, Basel Rajoub, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, Les Haulz et les Bas, Caitríona O’Leary, Dónal Lunny. It is also a popular teacher at major festivals, universities and conservatories around the world.
Feras Chahrestan, a brilliant qanun virtuoso, comes from the city of Al-Hasakeh, in northeast Syria, and studied qanun at the High Institute of Music in Damascus. He performs regularly as a qanun soloist with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra as well as in the bands Roubai Toueis and Woujouh. Kenan lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Lynn Adib was born in Damascus, Syria and started singing at the age of 6 at the "Al Farah Choir" mentored by Father Elias Zehlaoui. A graduate of the Syrian National Conservatory, Lynn is a singer and composer whose beautiful voice speaks to diverse audiences in many parts of the globe. Today, Lynn performs widely with several vocal projects and is studying classical jazz at the Conservatoire de Paris in her hometown of Paris, France.
Kenan Adnawi was born in Latakia, Syria, and began studying the oud from an early age. He graduated from the High Institute for Music in Damascus and is an innovator in bringing together the worlds of traditional Middle Eastern music and Western classical music, by performing works for oud, piano and symphony orchestra. Kenan tours widely with Lebanese music monarch Marcel Khalife, and also leads his own quartet. He presently lives in Philadelphia, USA.