Established in 1997, the Oriental Music Ensemble (OME) is one of the most prestigious contemporary Palestinian music groups. The Ensemble has performed internationally in Belgium, England, Greece, Palestine, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. The music of this instrumental ensemble is a lively balance of authentic classical Arab tradition and modernity. The musicians play their own compositions and original arrangements of Arabic folkloric music. Improvisations, both rhythmic and free, are also part of their repertoire. The OME sound is very energetic and always includes uncommon rhythms that give their performances a special dynamic quality. Their current repertoire includes compositions by Lebanese, Kurdish, Turkish, Iraqi, Egyptian, Tunisian as well as Palestinian musicians.