I have been participating in international folk dance festivals since 1997 as a Qanoun Performer with the American University in Cairo Folk Music Ensemble. Starting 2006, I also directed the ensemble and continued to performed Qanoun (and on some occasions Mizmar and Doff!).
Here’s a list of the festivals I participated in since 2006. Let me know if we met in any of them!
International Yenibogazici Municipality Folk Dance Festival, N.Cyprus, August 2016
Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Folkloru, Strzegom, Poland, August 2015
International Folklore Festival “Folklore Without Boundaries” Ostrava, Czech Republic, August 2015
Beskidy Highlanders week of culture, Bielsko-Biala, Poland, July 2015
FolkFaro, Folclore Internacional Cidade de Faro, Faro, Portugal, August 17-25, 2013
Festival Internacional de Danzas No.34, Villablanca, Spain, August 22, 2013
Karlovak International Folk Festival, Karlovak, Croatia, July 7-14, 2012
Mediteranski Folklorni Susreti “Zlatna Sopela” Festival, Poreč, Croatia, July 4-7, 2012
Festival International ‘La Esteva’, Segovia, Spain, June 27-July 4, 2011
Festival International de Folclore ‘Ciudad de Burgos’, Burgos, Spain, July 5-11, 2011
Festival International de Folklore de Portugalete y del Pais Vasco, Portugalete, Spain, July 12-20, 2011.
Folklores du Monde de Saint Malo, Saint Malo, France, July 8-11, 2010.
Festival de folklore international d’Serge, Segre, France, July 13-14, 2010.
Festival de folklore international d’Argenton sur Creuse, Argenton Sur Creuse, France, July 16-18, 2010.
Festival de Gannat “Les Cultures du Monde”, Gannat, France, July 19-21, 2010.
Les Folkloriades de Castelmoron sur Lot, Castelmorron, France, July 23-25, 2010.
38th Polish Highlanders Folklore Festival, Żywcu, Poland, July 28-31, 2007.
Festival International de Folklore ‘Ciudad de Cádiz’, Spain, 2006.
La Contredesire, with the European Egyptian Contemporary Music Society Ensemble, conducted by Sherif Razzaz, M.A.N. Museum, Augsburg, Germany, November 29, 2011.
Performed with George Kazazian Sajaya Ensemble on the occasion of the Re-inauguration of the Egyptian Arts Academy in Rome, Egyptian Arts Academy, Rome, Italy, October 2011.
Performed with renowned Indian Santoor Player Shiv Kumar Sharma, and George Kazazian, the Egyptian Indian Music Project in Egypt, 2003, and in Bombay, Delhi, and Kashmir, India, 2004.
Rituals of Signs and Transformations, live sound track performance composed by myself for the theatre production Rituals of Signs and Transformations, Gerhart Theatre, AUC Center for the Arts, AUC New Cairo, Egypt, 2011.
Works of German composer Klaus Stahmer, duo (Qanoon and Cello), and Qanoon Solo, 2010 Helwan Music Conference, Alexandria Bibliotheca, Egypt, February 13, 2010.
2011, 2010 and 2009 AUC Faculty Showcase, AUC New Campus, Egypt.
Metamorphose for Orchestra, Choir, and Solo Qanoun, composed by Nayer Nagui, performed with Cairo Symphonic Orchestra and the Cairo Choral Society, conducted by Nayer Nagui, Cairo Opera House, Egypt, March 2013
Metamorphose for Orchestra, Choir, and Solo Qanoun, composed by Nayer Nagui, performed with Cairo Symphonic Orchestra and the Cairo Choral Society, conducted by John Baboukis, All Saints’ Cathedral, Egypt, March 2012
Opera Miramar, composed by Sherif Mohie Eldin, performed with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sherif Mohie Eldin, Cairo Opera House, Egypt, December 14-17, 2010, 2007, 2005
Serenade for Qanoon and Orchestra, composed by Rageh Dawood, performed with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sherif Mohie Eldin, Alexandria Opera House, Egypt, October 17, 2009.
Sayed Darweesh Adwar, performed with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sherif Mohie Eldin, Sayed Darwish Theatre, Alexandria Opera House, Egypt, 2006.
Over 20 concerts performed with The Lions of Cairo, conducted by John Baboukis, and AUC Takht, directed by Wael ElMahallawy from 2010-2016. Stages performed on:
- Malak Gabr Theatre, The American University in Cairo (AUC) New Cairo Campus
- Sharjah Art Gallery, AUC New Cairo Campus
- Centre of the Arts Courtyard, AUC New Cairo Campus
- Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Campus
- Falaki Main Stage Theatre, AUC Tahrir Campus
- German Protestant Church, Cairo
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria
Takht Bach, performed with guitarist Chelsea Green featuring Arab Longas, Bach Inventions, Andalusian Muwashah and Bach Cantata performed on Qanoun, Guitar and voice, AUC New Cairo, Egypt, 2015 with Dalia Farouq (Soprano) and in 2014 with Amy Frega (Soprano).
East Meets West, two concerts performed with Nathan Fischer on Oud and Guitar and John Baboukis on qanoun in 2010 and 2011 in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria and AUC Tahrir Campus, Cairo.
Arabian Baroque; Music album, selected pieces from the Baroque era performed on Qanoon, AUC Recording Studio, AUC New Campus, Cairo, April 2012.
Turath Al Mouseeqa Al A’rabeyya – Part 1; Music album, A collection of traditional Arab Music pieces performed on Qanoon, AUC Recording Studio, AUC New Campus, Cairo, April 2012
Opera Miramar; Music album, Recording of Opera Miramar, composed and conducted by Sherif Mohie ElDin, Egyptian Media Production City Studio, Cairo, 2008.
Performed Qanoun in the music albums Raheel 5, Oriental Belly Dance Mizmar, Oud Bazaar vol. 3, and Oriental Belly Dance Accordion vol. 2:
Music for Film and TV Series
Performed Bass Guitar in the musical Little Shop of Horrors, joined production by the AUC Music and Theatre programs, Malak Gabr Theatre, AUC New Cairo Campus, May 6-12, 2015.