"listen to the story told by the reed, of being separated.
'Since I was cut from the reedbed, I have made this crying sound.
Anyone apart from someone he loves understands what I say.
Anyone pulled from a source longs to go back.'"
~ Rumi, the Masnavi
Music has always been a significant part of my life. From a tender age, I could be found singing and making songs. At the age of 10, I began learning the classical western flute, and later picked up the saxophone and some percussion.
Having an affinity toward music of the East, I heard the soulful and haunting laments of the ney, and I have been in love ever since. I began studies on the Arabic ney with Kalia Lyraki (London, UK) in late 2015. In 2017 I added the Turkish ney to my ney collection, taking lessons with Agah Ecevit (Toronto), and master classes with Burcu Karadag (Istanbul) and Omer Erdogdular (Istanbul/New York).
A personal fascination and project is on unearthing the rare bits of information on the origin of the ney, which can be traced to Ancient Egypt.
I have embraced my own relationship and sound with "the reed" while paying respects to traditional Arabic and Turkish repertoire and nuances.
Additionally, I have studied eastern percussion including the darbuka and frame drum with renowned teachers including Dr. George Sawa and Suzanne Meyers-Sawa (Toronto) and Raquy Danziger (Istanbul).
I have playedin a variety of settings including music festivals, concerts, private events, and museums.
I am available for collaborations, creative experiences, sound meditations, guest appearances and poetry/music partnerships.