Rami Gabriel performs professionally in several settings on Oud and Guitar. He also composes original music within and across traditions.
As an oud player, Rami has studied with Dr. Scott Marcus, Dr. Eric Ederer, Dr. Alfred Gemil (Cairo), Osama Zeadan (Cairo), Mehmet Bitmez (Istanbul), and William Shaheen. His repertoire is focused on Middle Eastern Classical (i.e. wasla and taqsim traditions), including Turkish Classical pieces from the early twentieth century. He also performs repertoire from the Golden age of Arabic music, with a focus on Egyptian and Lebanese folk and pop songs from the 1950s and ’60s, in takht or solo settings.
A Chicago native of Palestinian descent, Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist that has been performing for audiences since his youth. Ronnie began guitar lessons at age nine, later moving on to piano, Middle Eastern percussion, and being self-taught on his principle instrument, the Oud (Mid- Eastern lute). As a member of the family band with his father and brother on percussion, Ronnie’s stage experience began by performing at weddings, concerts, festivals and local Middle Eastern clubs accompanying renowned artists such as Kazem Al Saher, Majdi Husseini, Wael Jassar, and Tony Hanna.
Performance artist, choreographer, and belly dance instructor based at Stiletto Dance Studios, Masha will present an original finger cymbals composition, an improvisation to an Arabic classic, and an audience participation piece.