Palestinian Artist Highlight: Percussionist, Raed Said


Palestinian percussionist, Raed Said, was born in Jerusalem and studied percussion in Egypt, Jordan and Syria. He is a global musician in every sense of the word having performed in festivals all over the world, including; Tunisia, Stockholm, Barcelona, France, Austria, Jordan, US, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Morocco, Italy, Iraq, UK, Bahrain and Turkey.

He was worked with musicians such as; Rim Banna, Edua Zadory, Henning Somero, Sylvia Khitti-Muhr, the Sabreen band and the group Melange Oriental – just to name a few. More recently he appeared in the world premiere and recording of “Impossible Grace”, by Stefan Heckel – winner of the Al Quds Composition Award and also performed for the first UNESCO International Jazz Day in Palestine.


Raed is an experienced coach and music tutor for many Palestinian music institutions and is also an Arabic Music consultant for the new Al Quds University College of Music Project in Jerusalem.


He has participated as a composer and musician in soundtrack recordings for film, television and theatre both locally in Palestine and abroad. He is a founding member of the Jerusalem Gates Art and Music Association as well as the founder and musical director of the Tarab Ensemble, a Jerusalem based group reviving and preserving traditional forms of performing arts from the Arabic region. Their purpose is to introduce new generations to the traditional musical and cultural richness of their past.

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