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East-West Ensemble

Shalan Alhamwy
Jonas Malfliet
MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap - Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles

The East-West Ensemble plays traditional music originating in the West and the East, as well as music stemming from everywhere in between.  The melodies are learned by ear in a structured manner while we explore the typical style in which they are played, their ornaments and their accompaniments.  We focus on the way we perform together as a group, while improvising.  We mix elements from different traditions.   At the end of the year we present the repertoire in various concerts.

Shalan Alhamwy and Jonas Malfliet play together in the Damast Duo, of which they will soon present the first album, containing traditional music from countries spanning from Syria to Belgium.

For whom?

The apprenticeship is open to all instruments except drums and percussion.  We request that you have a couple of years’ experience in playing your instrument.  For instruments that will be in charge of the accompanyment,  we require a basic knowledge of chords, harmony.  Please be so kind as to get in touch with us at if you have any doubts or questions, we will put you in touch with the instructors!

Shalan Alhamwy

Shalan Alhamwy is a Syrian violinist and composer. Although he was educated as a classical violinist, he has performed in several orchestras and ensembles of Arabic music, with some of the most notable Arab singers such as Fairouz, Marcel Khalifa, Rima Khsaish and others. Visit Shalan’s personal website for more information.

Jonas Malfliet

Jonas Malfliet (website) is a Belgian musician and composer who plays a wide range of musical styles on piano and accordion. Since leaving his law practice behind, he has toured Europe, China, Congo, and South-Africa with world music bands such as Les Busiciens, Olla Vogala, and Transpiradansa.

Together with violinist Shalan Alhamwy he formed Damast Duo, he is part of the Syrian-Turkish-Belgian orchestra Jiraan, and is resident pianist on Radio 2’s satiric programme “De Rechtvaardige Rechters”.

Teaching traditional music by ear and conducting ensembles became second nature to him after attending a lot of international Ethno music camps, and leading the East-West and Balfolk ensembles of Muziekpublique.

He is also involved in theatre productions as a multi-instrumentalist and actor.

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Come and discover this course during the free session on Thursday 20th of September, from 7:30pm to 9 pm.


Thursday: 19h30 – 21h00


MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap
Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles


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