The First Palestine Music Expo, Taking Place on April 2017

The First Palestine Music Expo
will be held from April 5-7 2017 in Ramallah, Jerusalem and Haifa.  We hope to shine the spotlight on the budding Palestinian Music Scene and share the beauty of our culture.  It will showcase both established and upcoming Palestinian artists to local audiences and key members of the international music industry.

The First Palestine Music Expo, Taking Place on April 2017

The First Palestine Music Expo, Taking Place on April 2017

These will include record companies, booking agencies, music supervisors, festivals promoters and Media. The Expo will bring artists and professionals together, in an effort to build mutually beneficial relationships and develop valuable networking opportunities in Palestine.

It will include various music genres and showcase performances over two days with a third day put aside for a little fun exploring. The public and our guests are invited to attend these shows in different Palestinian cities and interact with our artists to gain a greater understanding of our music scene and how we create music in Palestine.
All donations raised  will be used to pay for cover travel and accommodation expenses for our delegates as well as production costs associated with running and events and panels.
We wil also set up a $10,000 fund to assist Palestinian musicians with international touring.

Take part in putting the spotlight on Palestinian Music and donate now

GoFundMe: (For donations from all over the world)
Network For Good “Creativevisions” (for US donations with Tax deduction).

All donations are greatly appreciated, and should you choose to donate,  we’d love to include you on our “Contributors Thank You Page”!

LEVEL 1 – FRIEND $Any Amount
Features you on our website/social media

Features you on our website/social media plus 2 tickets to the Palestine Music Expo.

Features you on our website/social media plus 4 tickets to the Palestine Music Expo

Features you on our website/social media plus 4 tickets to the Palestine Music Expo and a tour of Jerusalem during the Expo.

Features you on our website/social media plus 4 tickets to the Palestine Music Expo, a tour of Jerusalem during the Expo and a private Palestinian dinner with the team.

LEVEL 6 – PATRON $2500
Features you on our website/social media plus 4 tickets to the Palestine Music Expo, tour of Jerusalem during the Expo, a private Palestinian dinner with the team as well as a special performance with an artist

Features you on our website/social media plus 4 tickets to the Palestine Music Expo, tour of Jerusalem as well as a private Palestinian dinner with the team, a special performance with a Palestinian artist AND In addition, a panel will be :

*(Gifts do not include flight/accommodation expenses)



Simon Shaheen

Simon Shaheen (1955) is a Palestinian-American oud and violin virtuoso and composer. shaheen_simonThe Shaheen family is known for its musicality with music instructor and father Hikmat, oud-playing and instrument-making brother Najib, violinist and oud playing William, and singing sisters Laura and Rosette. He began playing the oud at 5, and the violin shortly thereafter. After graduating from the Academy of Music in Jerusalem in 1978, Shaheen was appointed its instructor of Arab music, performance, and theory. Two years later he moved to New York City to complete his graduate studies in performance at the Manhattan School of Music, and later in performance and music education at Columbia University.

He founded the Near Eastern Music Ensemble and organizes arts festivals and retreats. Shaheen also heads the Arabic Music Retreat, held annually at Mt. Holyoke College’s campus in Massachusetts which brings together a large faculty instructing Arabic music for a week and concludes with a concert.

In 1982, Shaheen formed the Near Eastern Music Ensemble in New York, establishing a group that would perform the highest standard of traditional Arab music. This time also marked the beginning of Shaheen’s workshops and lecture/demonstrations in schools, colleges, and universities to educate the younger generation. As a champion and guardian of Arab music, Shaheen still devotes almost fifty percent of his time to working with schools and universities, including Julliard, Columbia, Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Yale, University of California in San Diego, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and many others.

His concert credits are a veritable compendium of the world’s greatest venues: Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Cairo’s Opera House, Theatre de la Ville in Beirut, and Belgium’s Le Palais des Arts. In May of 2004, Shaheen appeared at Quincy Jones’ “We Are The Future,” fundraising concert in Rome in front of a half million strong crowd.

As a composer, Shaheen has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Jerome Foundation, Continental Harmony, and Yellow Springs Institute. In addition to his recorded work, his theatrical repertoire includes Majnun Layla, (performances included the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and The Museum of Natural History in New York), The Book and the Stranger (from Kalilah Wa-Dimanah), Possible City, and Collateral Damage with actress Vanessa Redgrave. He has also written the music for the documentary of the British Museum’s Egyptian collection, which has toured U.S. museums.

Since 1994, Shaheen has produced the Annual Arab Festival of Arts, called “Mahrajan al-Fan.” Held in New York, the festival showcases the work of the finest Arab artists, while presenting the scope, depth and quality of Arab culture. To continue this exposure to Arab music and culture, Shaheen founded the Annual Arabic Music Retreat in 1997. Held each summer at Mount Holyoke College, this weeklong intensive program of Arabic music studies draws participants from the U.S. and abroad.

For the past six years, though, Shaheen has focused much of his energies on Qantara . The band, whose name means arch in Arabic, brings to life Shaheen’s vision for the unbridled fusion of Arab, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music, a perfect alchemy for music to transcend the boundaries of genre and geography.


1990 – Music of Waheeb, Mango/Island/PolyGram
1990 – The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Axiom/Island/PolyGram
1992 – Turath (Heritage), CMP
1993 – Taqasim: Art of Improvisation in Arabic Music
1996 – Saltanah (with V. M. Bhatt), Water Lily Acoustics
2001 – Blue Flame, Ark 21/Universal


Simon Shaheen Performs ‘Ibnil Balad’ 







Adel Salameh

Palestinian oud player and composer, Adel Salameh was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1966. adel salamehHe started performing as a soloist while still living in the Arab World, but immigrated to Europe in 1990. He quickly established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the oud. He has performed in more than thirty countries including Japan, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, and numerous countries in North Africa and Europe.

When performing as a soloist or with musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds, Adel believes that music is an excellent tool to build bridges between various cultures. In an effort to tackle these cultural barriers, he has worked with Turkish, Spanish, Indian, French, English, Israeli and jazz musicians.

Adel has worked with Womad/Real World for six years and performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe. These include Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre in London, Concertgebouw, Royal Tropical Institue, Paradiso in Amsterdam, Theatre d’ Single (Antwerpen) Belguim, Institute of the Arab World in Paris, The Opera House and the Auditorium in Lyon. He has also performed at many festivals throughout the World. He has been described as the ambassador of Arab music in the West.


  • Mediterraneo
  • Master of the Oud
  • The Arab Path to India
  • Nuzha
  • Kanza
  • Hafla
  • Rissala
  • Awda


Adel Salameh “AWDA” (Le Retour)