Biography

BASEL ZAYED

Composer, Singer and Oud Master

 

Basel is an accomplished virtuoso Oud player and vocalist skilled in classical and contemporary Arabic music. He is also a trained pianist with a unique and diverse style of musical arrangement, and has composed and arranged music for several successful artistic projects and performing groups. He also creates and records original soundtracks for movies, plays and dance groups. Basel started his own music career as a composer, singer and a professional oud artist, and has developed a reputation as successful conductor. He joined the band “Sanabel” in Bir Zeit university, “First Ramallah Group of Music and Dance”, formed “Yalalan” oriental singing group, instructed musicians in different projects such as ”Music without Borders”, “Music in the Attic – Qalandiya International “and “NAWA” Musical Group. Since 2004 he has led the band Turab and has more recently focused on developing a style based on oriental music ‘with a jazz flavour.’ He has also collaborated with Palestinian music researchers at NAWA (the Palestinian Association for Cultural Development) to recreate the compositions of ‘lost’ composers from pre-1948, based on recordings found in archives in Jordan and Syria.

 

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