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DAL’OUNA ENSEMBLE: Ramzi Aburedwan grew up in the Al Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, where his family took refuge after being driven out of their home in Palestine in 1948. The violence of the first Palestinian intifada (1987-1993) marked Ramzi’s childhood and adolescence. At age 16, Ramzi participated in a musical workshop, which proved to be a life changing experience. From 1996 to 1998 he studied at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah. In 1998-2005, Ramzi received a scholarship to study viola at the National Regional Conservatory of Angers (France). Ramzi graduated with a DEM in viola, and chamber music. At the French conservatory, Ramzi met up with other students with whom he created the Dal’Ouna Ensemble in 2000. DAL’OUNA ENSEMBLE is named after a festive Palestinian music genre. Through its music, the ensemble expresses the hopes of a people who love to laugh and sing and who seek peace and freedom. The ensemble’s repertoire extends from Egypt to Andalusia, passing through various regions and traditions of the Middle East, and adding medieval and jazz accents to a musical confluence of East and West. On their musical journey, Ramzi Aburedwan and Dal’Ouna bring us into their world, their music, their poetry and traditions. They combine traditional Arab instruments including the bouzuk, the oud, and oriental percussion with viola and accordion. The repertoire ranges from instrumental to traditional poetic genres that focus on love, freedom, and nature. Dal’Ouna is a story of shared experiences, a refuge where borders don’t apply, and a message of hope for its members and audiences. Performing with Dal’Ouna Ensemble are violist and bouzuk player Ramzi Aburedwan and percussionist Tareq Rantisi from Palestine, oud player Ziad Ben Youssef from Tunisia, accordion virtuoso Edwin Buger from France (Yugoslavian born), with special guest vocalist Nidal Ibourk from Morocco.

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Video 9/28/2019: Dal’Ouna Ensemble & The Atlantic Reed Consort

Palestinian musician/composer Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal’Ouna Ensemble partners with the Atlantic Reed Consort to present a unique concert experience, combining a traditional Arabic ensemble and a Western chamber music reed quintet. The concert features arrangements of traditional Palestinian/Arabic music and original compositions of the Dal’Ouna Ensemble, combining Eastern and Western instrumentation of: oud, buzouk, accordion, Arabic percussion, and vocals alongside oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon.