-World music solo-artist based in Brussels-
I aspire to show people visions of nature, give hope and prove that all cultures go hand in hand.
My music tells stories about these subjects with the aim of opening the listener's mind.
My love for solo guitar and world music grew a lot over the years.
Eventually, I combined the two using my knowledge of jazz to glue cultural sounds (Arabic, Celtic, Greek, African, Northern-European,...) together.
Being half-Lebanese and half-Belgian, a mix of cultures is already in my blood ;^)
A long time ago, people carried their stringed instruments with them when travelling from country to country.
The instruments evolved at every stop until the guitar was born!
It's clear that the classical nylon guitar hails from many existing traditional stringed instruments because it still has a very traditional sound.
Because of this, it is able to mimick and combine the sound of a lot of it's ancestors.
Right now I'm getting a lot of inspiration from 'the secret museum of mankind' series of cd's. They are compilations of old 78rpm recordings from all over the world.
Other than that, I've been inspired by many musical artists like Yamandu Costa, John Coltrane, Tcha Limberger, Django Reinhardt, Paco de Lucia, Carlos Montoya, Myrddin de Cauter, Ghalia Benali, Vulkana Stoyanova, Medna Usta, Solomon Linda, Koichi Sugiyama, Masayoshi Takanaka, The Terem Quartet, Pixinguinha, Laver Bariu, Ahmad Fathi, Dimitrios Semsis, Gardyne Chamber Ensemble and MANY more.
Paintings and books are also a big part of my inspiration. Mainly the paintings and stories of Leonora Carrington.
Another big influence comes from my childhood:
In primary school we were shown a documentary about life in different parts of Africa.
Being a young child, I had no idea that people lived so differently on the same planet.
It had such a big impact on me that my dreams became heavily affected by it and ever since then, I've always been drawn to different cultures.