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Middle Eastern Chamber Music by----ENSEMBLE SALAM

Ken Habib: direction, oud, buzuq

Linda Ashworth: qanun

Troy Hanson: bass

Keeth CrowHawk: riqq, daff, darabukka

Brynn Albanese: violin (for a few numbers)


Salam, meaning peace and soundness, is found in numerous expressions across Arabic-speaking societies. Directed by Ken Habib, Ensemble Salam is a chamber ensemble (takht) that performs a wide range of Arabic and related art and popular music of West Asia North Africa with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. Spanning old and new, the repertoire is rooted in the traditional systems of melodic and metric modes (maqam and iqa`), and takes the form of composed and improvised works in a variety of genres.

Oud (short-necked fretless lute), buzuq (long-necked fretted lute)

Qanun (trapezoidal zither) played with finger picks

Double Bass

Riqq (tambourine), Daff (frame drum), Darabukka (goblet drum)

Click Here to Listen: https://youtu.be/9jMx5dWnsz8 (you may have to copy and paste)

Click here to Listen: https://youtu.be/Zniymi5RwP0 (you may have to copy and paste)

Click here to Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfqwJDs59iQ

Another Example---Oud and Violin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aVaduG7Qmw

Ken Habib is a professor of music at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and previously, he taught music at Pomona College and UCSB and was Associate Director of the Middlebury College Arabic School. He has an MA in music composition and PhD in ethnomusicology and is a singer, guitarist, and oudist.

Linda Ashworth

Linda is a retired geneticist and avid musician. She plays oboe/English horn with Orchestra Novo, Algeria Winds as well as other local groups and plays qanun with the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble.

Troy Hanson

Troy Hanson is an upright bass performer and composer of Third Stream and world music. He has been performing and studying Arabic Music for over five years.

Keeth Crowhawk

Keeth CrowHawk is a world music percussionist with a focus on Middle Eastern drumming. He can be found performing with a variety of artists and groups, working on stage at local music festivals, and leading the percussion section of the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble.

Venue Information

Cambria Concerts Unplugged-Old Santa Rosa Chapel
2353 Main Street
Cambria , CA 93428
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Cambria Concerts Unplugged

1763 Arliss Drive
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 423-3564

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