Sami Abu Shumays

Violin, Voice



Arab violinist and vocalist, scholar, and teacher of Maqam. Co-Author of the book Inside Arabic Music. Founded Zikrayat ensemble, dedicated to music and dance of Egypt and the greater Arab world. Developed Maqam Lessons website, and a new YouTube series of Maqam Lessons. Studied in NYC with Simon Shaheen and Yusuf Kassab, in Cairo, Egypt with Alfred Gamil, and in Aleppo, Syria with Mohamed Qasas, Abdel-Minaim Sinkary, and Abdel-Basit Bakkar. Deputy Director of Flushing Town Hall in Queens, NYC.