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Friday, October 11, 2019SEBA ALI WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS IPHIGENIA GENDER DESIGN AWARD - CATEGORY "REVOLUTION"“As part of the IMAGINE workshop and concert series at the Lebanese
American University (LAU) in Beirut, the multi-disciplinary Reflections event addressing issues
such as gender equality and human rights, attracted considerable attention. In addition to
music, dance and theatre performances by forgotten artists, the first queer fashion show in
Lebanon was staged at the campus. Founded by Dr. Seba Ali, the IMAGINE series has kicked off
a courageous and open dialogue on art, design, and gender, thus providing a significant
contribution to the public and academic discourse, as well as to promoting acceptance of
diversity.”

Iphi 2019 Revolution / Prof. Dr. Seba Ali, Beirut

Seba Ali (Beirut) is an internationally renowned pianist, professor, mother, Egyptian national, Muslim and activist, who, together with colleagues and students, launched the cultural Imagine event at the Lebanese American University in Beirut in 2016. The workshops, performances, and concerts in this series encouraged visitors to implement their own ideas and, free from any constraints, be themselves and live according to their own ideas. Seba Ali and her team have received the iphi 2019 in the category Revolution for the first-ever queer fashion show staged in Lebanon.
diversity.”

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Monday, September 03, 2018SEBA ALI JOINS LAU AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC I am very delighted to announce that I have been appointed as the tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music at the Department of Communication Arts - The School of Arts and Sciences at the Lebanese American University (LAU). I am looking forward to continuing my work among our stellar faculty and students.
Monday, September 05, 2016SEBA ALI JOINS LAU AS AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC I am excited to return to the region. It is an honor to join the faculty at the Lebanese American University. I look forward to working with the students and faculty on many performing arts projects.
January 15, 2015NEW MUSIC AND CULTURE SYMPOSIUM AT UNIVERSITY OF ALBANYI will be representing Stony Brook University's Music Department at the New Music and Culture Symposium at the University of Albany between January 29-31, 2015.
The Symposium is organized by UAlbany faculty member Max Lifchitz, this SUNY-wide conference includes public concerts, lecture/recitals, panel discussions and master classes highlighting the artistic accomplishments of composers affiliated with the SUNY system.

December 20, 2014HAPPY HOLIDAYS Happy Holidays from the Stony Brook family
September 1, 2014SEBA JOINS THE FACULTY AT THE YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM (YAP) AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITYI am very happy to be joining the faculty at The Young Artist Program (YAP) at Stony Brook University. It is with extreme pleasure and excitement to be working with many gifted young artists through this platform. YAP offers weekly chamber music coaching with Stony Brook teaching assistants, in addition to classes, in theory, history, and composition. The students will have the chance to perform at the Stellar Center and participate in the annual Concerto Competition. Click here for more info ...
July 27, 2014SEBA ALI TEACHING AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE DEPARTMENTI am very happy to announce that I will be teaching Elements of Music at Stony Brook University Music Department, starting Fall 2014. I can't wait to meet my students!

July 25, 2014WELCOME TO MY NEW WEBSITE!I am thrilled to have my website published and to be able to connect with everyone. My sincere thanks and gratitude to Aestheticize Media for creating the site! Enjoy browsing and please visit often!


Acclaimed for her masterful piano technique and wide-ranging musical imagination, Egyptian Pianist Seba Ali enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, teaching artist, and entrepreneur. She has started playing the piano at the age of four and had her concert debut at the age of five. Dr. Ali has won numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto competitions in the United States and The Middle East. She holds a doctorate of musical arts from Stony Brook University. In high demand as an educator, Dr. Ali serves as an assistant professor of Music at The Lebanese American University (LAU), piano and chamber music faculty at YES Academy – American Voices, Imagine Summer Arts Camp, and Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Workshop. Having a strong passion for teaching, Dr. Ali maintains a piano studio for sixteen years where her international student roster has gone on to win prestigious competitions and scholarships for postgraduate studies in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Her passion for education drew her to do extensive research on the teaching methods of the U.S, Europe, and Asia, collecting it into a source to other educators.
As a cultural entrepreneur, and driven by her passion through education and outreach to her community. Dr. Ali is the founder and the artistic director of Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) and Imagine Outreach Program, both based at LAU in Beirut, Lebanon.

Seba Ali holds a Bachelor of Music from Cairo Conservatory, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn Conservatory, Master’s of Music from Stony Brook University where she is in the final stages of her Doctor of Music Arts degree. Her principal teachers are Vselod Demidov, Amal El-Shahed, Nibal Mounib, Roberta Rust, Christina Dahl. Other important mentors are Jon Robertson, Douglass Weeks and Gilbert Kalish.

Like a braid [gadayel]: flexible, intimate, creative, and simple yet complex and strong, Gadayel’s core members are Egyptian artists pianist Seba Ali and hornist Amr Selim.

Classically trained musicians Seba and Amr were raised in musical families. Growing up, their musical experience was diverse; hearing Oud, Um Kalthum and folk Egyptian Poems in one room and Bach Cello Suites in the other.

They strive to bring folk music from all cultures, streamlining it to all people around the globe. Music that ranges from deep in the South of Egypt to Tibet. They believe it is rather special and effective to perform this music on usual Western instruments.

Vocalizing the Horn, utilizing the piano, Gadayel exceeds the expectations of their instruments to make adapting any folk music possible. They create this aura, sometimes by writing their own music.

In addition to evoking and extoling the standard literature, Gadayel feels very strongly about commissioning composers to write new works. Gadayel is always looking for collaborations with new artists and interdisciplinary projects.

Gadayel is a vigorous ensemble that wishes to revamp the horn and piano duo genre; which has long been missed from the chamber music scene.
With each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging through the overlapping mass of the others; their music will get you to see, feel and smell places you have not experienced.

Quintessentially, music has one heart. A heart that accepts all. Gadayel genuinely aims for that music. Gadayel is a love relationship between music and places. A life-long one; just like its members’ marriage.

Past Performances

Thursday, April 23, 2015
DANCES
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY
Bach, Bartok, Bolcom, Cage and Ginastera
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Studio of Pianist Seba Ali
Steinway & Son's Piano Gallery - Recital Hall
Melville, NY
Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Brahms, Joplin, Schubert, Schumann, Hisaishi, Yiruma, and more.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Gadayel
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Great River, NY
Islip Arts Council
Enjoy your afternoon with folk music from all over the world!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
New Music and Culture New Music and Culture Symposium
Performing Arts Center - University at Albany, State University
Albany, NY 12222
Perry Goldstein: Late Night Thoughts from the V.A. (2008)
Peter Winkler: Returning to the Roots (1999-2000)

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Gadayel
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY
Beethoven, Dukas, Goldstein & Winkler
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Collaboration with Oboist Laura Smith
Staller Center
Stony Brook, NY
Mozart and Strauss
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Holiday Concert - Studio of pianist Seba Ali
Fank & Camille's Pianos
Melville, NY‎
Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Khatchaturian, Prokofiev, Brahms and Christmas Favorites.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gadayel and other artists
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook
By Stony Brook Composers: Perry Goldstein, Meg Schedel, Peter Winkler, Sheila Silver.. and others.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Solo Recital For Children
Stony Brook, NY
(631)632.7330
Pianist and narrator, Seba Ali
Poulenc and Prokofiev

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Collaboration with Trombonist Justin Waller
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Bozza, David, Davidson, Genzmer & Pierre
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Collaboration with French Horn Player Karl Kramer - Lecture Reci
Stony Brook University Music Department
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Schenker & Röntgen
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Collaboration with Flutist Mira Magrill
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Reinecke
Monday, November 3, 2014
Collaboration with Oboist Laura Smith - Lecture Recital
Stony Brook University Music Department
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Koechlin
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Collaboration with Long Island Voices
Saint James Roman Catholic Church
East Setauket, NY
(631) 941-4141
Brahms
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Chamber Music Recital with Flutist Ray Furuta and Hornist Amr Se
Staller Center For The Arts
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Brahms & Schubert
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Studio of pianist Seba Ali
Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery, Recital Hall
Melville, NY
(631)424.0525
Chopin, Faure, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, and others
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Collaboration with clarinetist Patricia Billings
Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
New York, NY
Three on 3 presents: Stars of Tomorrow
Brahms and D'Rivera
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Solo Recital - Preludes
Staller Center for the Arts, Recital Hall
Stony Brook, NY
Rameau, Hummel, Corelli, Dussek, Chopin,
Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Shostakovich, Ginastera,
Messiaen, Ravel, Couperin

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Studio of pianist Seba Ali
Frank & Camille's Pianos, Recital Hall
Melville, NY
Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and others
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Seba is available for solo and collaboration concerts, master classes and private lessons.

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Solo Piano

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
PRELUDE IN B MINOR, OP.32, NO.10
Op 32 No 10
SEBA ALI
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CLAUDE DEBUSSY
LA FILLE AUX CHEVEUX DE LIN
SEBA ALI
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ERIK SATIE
GYMNOPEDIE NO.1
SEBA ALI
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Gadayel

IMPROVISATION
A SINGLE BIRD
GADAYEL
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ALBERTO GINASTERA
PASTORALE
SEBA ALI
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DOMENICO SCARLATTI
KEYBOARD SONATA IN E MAJOR, K.380
SEBA ALI
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ROBERT SCHUMANN
ADAGIO AND ALLEGRO
GADAYEL
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OLIVIER MESSIAEN
LA COLOMBE
Seba Ali
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FREDERIC CHOPIN
PRELUDE IN D MINOR, OP.28, NO.4
SEBA ALI
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JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU
Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin
SEBA ALI
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SCOTT JOPLIN
RAG TIME DANCE
GADAYEL
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SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
PRELUDE IN G MINOR, OP.23, NO.5
SEBA ALI
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Arvo Pärt
Für Alina
SEBA ALI
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KHALED SHOKRY
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE THIRD WORLD
SEBA ALI
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JOSEPH HAYDN
DIVERTIMENTO IN A-FLAT MAJOR
SEBA ALI
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MOHAMED BASHA
GOG AND MAGOG
GADAYEL
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Improvisation
THE KNOCK
SEBA ALI
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RAMZ SAMY
FOUR SHORT PIECES I
GADAYEL
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RAMZ SAMY
FOUR SHORT PIECES II
GADAYEL
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RAMZ SAMY
FOUR SHORT PIECES III
GADAYEL
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Other Videos

John Cage: THREE DANCES FOR TWO PREPARED PIANIOS
Performance by: Pianists Seba Ali and Jacqueline Ching-Ling Leung
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Seba Ali performed the Goldberg Variations at her graduation Doctoral Recital. Recital Hall, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University.
Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Seba Ali - Pianist and Nar
Seba Ali, pianist and narrator, enthralls an audience of children and adults with Sergei Prokofiev's musical tale - PETER AND THE WOLF. Staller Center for th...
Francis Poulenc: The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant. Seba A
Seba Ali - Pianist and Narrator - enthants an audience of children and adults with the Story of Babar: the Little Elephant.
Ravel piano concerto in G / Allegramente
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1/3) Allegramente - Seba Ali, Piano, Jon Robertson, conductor with Lynn Philharmonia
Ravel piano concerto in G / Adagio
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (2/3) Adagio - Seba Ali, Piano, Jon Robertson, conductor with Lynn Philharmonia
Ravel piano concerto in G / Presto
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (3/3) Presto - Seba Ali, Piano, Jon Robertson, conductor with Lynn Philharmonia

Teaching Philosophy


I started playing piano at the age of four and I remember experiencing a very unique and special excitement when my mom taught me how to play a melody on the piano. Shortly after, I joined the Cairo Conservatory and learned how teachers can become mentors to their students and nurture their talents. My teachers have been a great influence on my life, and I want to give the same to the next generation of pianists. I started teaching piano when I was fourteen, and since then my journey has been filled with precious students.

My philosophy of teaching comes from the people who taught and inspired me and from my own personal experiences. Through many years of studying, I have been very lucky to have wonderful and committed mentors and I am honored to continue their path. My teaching is not limited to age or ability. The same commitment and energy is spent on a Prokofiev piano concerto with an advanced student and on Mary Had a Little Lamb with a beginner; I was a beginner one day and the connection I had with the piano was and still priceless!

Although students differ in proficiency and development, I maintain high expectations for my students. I expect attention and dedication in lessons, efficiency and quality practicing at home, and creativity and artistry in collaborating and performing. I support my students by nurturing their strengths and strengthening their weaknesses, and I adapt to each student without compromising excellence, but seeking accuracy and artistry.

Along with building strong sight-reading, ear-training, musical and technical skills, my teaching methods include knowledge of music theory and history, improvisation, and collaboration. I do my best to make sure every student has complete confidence in themselves and their musical abilities and knowledge. I want them to be proud of who they are and what they can accomplish, and I strive for them to aspire to be their best.

It is very beneficial to every musician to perform; it motivates them to polish their pieces, consistently learn new repertoire, and build self-confidence. Performing is a life experience for individuals to express themselves, and it can bring out the best of people. I have heard from my students many times that their performances are some of the most magical and unforgettable moments of their lives.

I am keen to provide ample opportunities to perform in public through regular studio recitals, studio classes and participation in school, conservatory and university recitals, along with participation in competitions and auditions. I am happy to always meet new students and work towards a life-long love for music! If you have questions about my studio contact me!

Testimonials

Seba is one of the most passionate teachers I have had. From her it is not only the piano skills I learned, but also how to be a good person. She would go out of her way to help her students, like when she took out extra time for me if I ever needed any, even when herself is living on an extremely busy schedule. Seba is absolutely a supreme performer, but she is also undoubtedly a supreme teacher. With her everything is so easy; she is really good at exploring people’s potential. With her I always felt like that I could go further and further. She knows the materials, and she knows what fits the student the best.
Seba is also a great mentor. She is willing to go beyond her duties as teacher and be there for you when you have to face negativity in your life, no matter what kind, and make you feel better. I am lucky to have Seba as a teacher, because she truly has such a good heart and caring personality.ZHENLING ZHANGStony Brook University. Bachelor in Music - Piano Performance
It was a tough decision on choosing a piano teacher for my 4 year old daughter (Elaine) to start. Friend of mine introduced Seba Ali to me. During past four months, I found Seba is not only professional in Music, she is also the protagonist for young child to study from. Elaine loves Seba's teaching style and within 4 months her progress on playing piano amazed people around us. Seba has great patience and understanding for my daughter and also well prepared for each class. As a piano teacher, she earned my respect with her teaching philosophy on reaching out maximum potential from her students. I would highly recommend Seba to anyone I know because she is the best!Elaine’s Mother
I have had the privilege of working with Seba during my undergrad years at Stony Brook University. One of the most memorable moments I have had was when Seba and I performed a four-hand piece for the end of the year concert during Christmas season. I remember sharing voluminous laughters with her during the practices. She is not only a wonderful piano instructor, but also a kind-hearted, open-minded human being with an infectious bubbly personality. Seba's sincere love for music and her students is demonstrated through her teaching. She often uses descriptive imagery to portray a certain character of a piece so that the students are able to understand and expand their creativity and artistry along with technicality. Mrs. Ali is a brilliant piano teacher, mentor, and friend who is near and dear to my heart.JINJU HONGStony Brook University. Bachelor in Music - Piano Performance
I am a Phd student in computer science department at Stony Brook. I fell in love with piano quite late, a year back when I came across the Japanese pianist Joe Hisaishi. I wanted to learn piano but I had never played the instrument before and had to start off as a beginner. I was looking for a piano instructor, and through the music school at Stony Brook came to know about Seba. I found Seba, had an amazing love for her craft and she thoroughly enjoyed teaching. Her great quality as an instructor is she is very patient and at the same time quite creative in helping her students out. In my case, there were a few things I found difficult to learn. She suggested interesting techniques to help me out, while at the same time instilling the value of practise and patience in learning piano. She is also very well organized, ensuring that each session serves a purpose for the student. Her sessions were usually accompanied with interesting readings. She was always available if I needed extra time for practise sessions. She organized regular recitals for her students, and the recitals were a fun experience. Overall, my experience was of great learning and fun.ZAFAR QAZIStony Brook Univeristy - PHD in Computer Science
Seba is a passionate and loving teacher. Over the past 2 1/2 years, my daughters, Rubaiya and Afia, made great advances in their music. My older daughter wanted to start piano the summer before middle school. Seba was patient with her and I saw that within 5 months, Rubaiya had made incredible progress. My younger daughter, Afia, started off with little musical knowledge. Now she amazes me each time her fingers strike the keys. Seba always goes through music from diverse cultures and lets her pupil choose what is best for them. With her personality and knowledge, Seba made music fascinating for my daughters. She always takes the extra time to help create a better understanding, even though she runs on a tight schedule. Seba is a wonderful person. I would recommend her to anyone with an interest in music.Rubaiya and Afia' Mother
Seba gives me the support and encouragement to better myself as a pianist and as a person.JEAN-PIERRE DOMINGUEZStony Brook University. Minor in Music - Piano Performance
Seba Ali is an immensely talented pianist and musician who happens to possess a natural gift for teaching. She has managed to impart her enthusiasm for music to my daughter and son. I was always impressed by her knowledge of piano repertoires, her high standards of performance, her insightful observations on the music and her many practical suggestions for tackling those extremely annoying, technically challenging passages. Best of all, she maintains a very high expectation of excellence while balancing the relationship with the student in a very caring and concerned way. It is a privilege to have her as my kids' teacher.Amy and Alex' Mother
Seba is a great piano teacher for young kids. I can feel that she brings her heartful passion for the piano to my son during the instruction . She is not only teaching my son how to play piano in the right posture and fingering , she also constantly explains how the music piece was created so my son can have the closer feeling that the composer tried to express. She is using every minute efficiently during the class to make sure that my son can learn more and play more. What is nice about her not only stays in the class, she does a lot after the class. She responses our questions fast. She picks videos of some very best piano performance for the student to watch at home. With thoughtful and detailed plans, as well as neat preparation together with the students in advance, she holds the concert twice a year in the beautiful piano exhibition hall for all her students to celebrate the music achievement together. We all love her and her teaching very much !Zekey's Mother
Seba helped me a tremendous amount through her lessons. She is pointed out many bad habits that I had and helped me work through them patiently. But I also learned through Seba how to better express myself through music and how to show people exactly what I want to show them. Seba is a wonderful teacher!KEVIN KRAJEWSKIStony Brook University. Minor in Music - Piano Performance


The Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) is a series of events – from concerts, workshops, panel discussions, art exhibitions, outreach and education programs, bringing all arts disciplines together, to commissioning projects and supporting LAU students and alumni, and young students and artists. The purposes for which IWCS is created are to stimulate and support the appreciation, performance and composition of performing arts. IWCS aims for excellence in performance, education and outreach to further enrich the experience of the students of LAU’s Department of Communication Arts and University wide.

IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of the community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with our faculty and students at LAU, students from middle and high schools in Lebanon, and a diverse community; commissioning and premiering new works by emerging and established composers, choreographers and storytellers; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives; collaborating with other community organizations in multi-cultural and multi-media projects; creating and championing projects that promote peace, harmony and acceptance among our community and the whole world; implementing sensory-friendly programs for special kids with special talents; Celebrating youth, women, and the LGBTQ+ community; promoting LAU as a cultural center in Lebanon; creating curriculum-connected programs with visiting artists to cover the gaps and further enhance the performing arts program curricula; collaborating with other entities; LAU’s department and schools and outside organizations; and introducing the underprivileged and displaced communities to the power of arts.



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Imagine Workshop and Concert Series
We are going through massive transitions
A message from Dr. Seba Ali
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World Premiere - Variations on Ya Tira Tiri by Naji Hakim
Pianist Seba Ali: A warm welcome message and the World Premiere of Variations on Ya Tira Tiri يا طيره طيري by Dr. Naji Hakim Jeunesses Musicales du Liban The...
The Lebanese Premiere of The Rite of Spring
Imagine Workshop and Concert Series Festival Next - The Lebanese American University Choreography: Christel Farah and Sarah Fadel Piano Four-Hands: Seba Ali ...
Music and Conflict
Music and Conflict under Imagine Workshop and Concert Series
Ray Furuta, Flute
Seba Ali, Piano
Amr Selim, French Horn
Ghassan Sahab, Qanun
Roger Azar, poetry
Nour Hourani, Poetry
Soumar Al-Kamand, visuals