Asad Qizilbash (sarod, Pakistan) became quickly a violin and guitar master, but after having seen a performance of master Amjad Ali Khan, he decided to focus on the sarod, a nineteen strings instrument. Asad became this instrument’s only representative in Pakistan and enjoyed international recognition, giving concerts around the world (he played for Nelson Mandela and G. W. Bush). Asad had to leave his country because he had founded a musical school, which did not please to the religious extremists in the area.
Aman Yusufi (dambura and voice, Afghanistan) was born in Bamyan in 1959. He began the dambura in the traditional milieu and quickly builds a strong reputation. On a friend’s request, he wrote a song about a lady he loved. Unfortunately, she was married to an ex-soldier, who heard the song and decided to kill Aman, who had to fly away from his country.
Dolma Renqingi (voice, Tibet) was born in the Tibetan mountains, in the region of Amdo. That’s where she started learning to sing when she still was a child. She built an impressive musical career until her departure to India and her final arrival in Belgium. Still very active in the community, Dolma practices her voice with the dramyen lute player Kelsang Hula, who grew up in the same region than her.
Kelsang Hula (voice and dramyen, Tibet) was born in 1977 in Tibet (Amdo), where he started his self-taught learning with a mandolin he had at home. He also sings, dances and composes. He ran away from Tibet with his instrument and arrived in Dharamsala where the Dalaï-Lama told him to enter the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. He then integrated the group Akhopema.
Tamman Ramadan (ney) and Tareq al Sayed (ud) met at the Aleppo Conservatory and started playing together at that time. Bad life conditions in Syria forced them to migrate to Europe where they still play on impressive stages, even though they’re separated from the rest of their band.
Fakher Madallal (voice, Syria) grew up in Aleppo, where his father was a renowned singer. He now follows his steps, thanks to his powerful and accurate voice that he accompanies with percussions.
Souhad Najem is one of those who truly master the qanûn. A former student of the Music Institute in Baghdad, who subsequently taught in Iraq and Tunisia, he is the author of a volume of compositions that is reputed as a classic for teaching the qanûn.
Tristan Driessens (ud, Belgium) get a Master in Turkish ud at Luca School of Arts (Lemmens, Belgium). He traveled many times to Istanbul during three years in order to follow the teaching of Necati Celik. In 2011, he founded the Lamekân Ensemble.
Simon Leleux (percussion, Belgium) is specialized in Middle Eastern percussions. He started playing music with what has remained his favorite instrument: the darbuka. Trained with grat masters and former student at Codarts in Rotterdam, Simon had the privilege to share the stage with musical celebrities and extremely varied projects, ranging from oriental music with Ghalia Benali to baroque music with Les Menus Plaisirs du Roy, not to forget Berber songs with Khalid Izri, ottoman music with Lâmekân Ensemble, music from the Balkans with Tcha Limberger, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, world music with Emre Gultekin/Vardan Hovanissian, Auster Loo, ….
More musicians from the album Amerli
Ali Shaker Hassan (qanûn, Iraq) started musical studies in Iraq. He moved to Cairo with his familyin 2004, where he graduates in music in 2010. In Belgium, he plays with percussionist Feras Hassan in the Forad Duo and Wassel ensemble.
Hussein Rassim (ud, Iraq) spent five years at the Baghdad Conservatory studying lute. He founded the group Solo Baghdad. He left his country and his ud during summer 2015, and ended up in Belgium. There, he integrates in the musical networks in order to start a new musical career.
Bassel Abu Fakher (cello, Syria), from Damascus, first began with classical music before starting his own musical projects. Besides playing cello, he composes and arranges music reflecting the difficulty of living and leaving a conflictual land.
Majid Zare (tabla, Afghanistan) was born in the north of Iran. At a young age he became addicted to the rhythms of the tabla, though his strict religious environment disapproved it. The prohibition to marry his Iranian girlfriend forced them to leave the country. Today they live in a reception center in Sint-Niklaas. He had the chance to meet Aman Yusufi, who was looking for somebody to accompany him on tabla.
Basel Khalil (guitar, Syria) studied at the Damascus Conservatory. Then he lived 6 years in Russia where he continued his musical training. He spent most of his life teaching classical guitar and flamenco in Syria. Having become a street musician in Turkey, he arrived in Belgium in September 2015, and he hopes to receive a residence permit to be able to teach his passion.
Norbu Tsering (voice, dramyen, flute, erhu, Tibet) was born in Nepal, where his parents ran away from the Chinese oppression. He learned traditional instruments at the Tibetan school, but it’s his mother who passed him on her passion for flute. After having received an invitation to give conferences in Europe, Norbu stayed here and performs in the Tibetan community. He’s accompanied by Norbu Pam (guitar, Tibet).
Khaled al Hafez who forms together with Tammam Ramadan and Tareq al Sayed the band Wajd.
Shalan Alhamwy (violin, Syria) was born in Homs where he grew up with his instrument. He integrated many orchestras in Syria. He then developed a career as soloist, composer and arranger, still in oriental classical music that he loves.