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Name: Yoel Ben-Simhon
Skills: Accompanist, Arranger, Composer, Player, Singer, Soloist, Teacher (I play oud, and sing solo. Accompaniment on guitar, piano)
Phone: +1 (917) 952 2544
Address: 107 North 1st Street, 4A, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States
Links: Website     E-mail
Yoel Ben-Simhon (composer, oud, piano, guitar, vocals and percussion) Is Israeli born of Moroccan parentage, and has committed himself to researching the relationship between Jewish and Arabic music. Ben-Simhon pursued his academic studies at the Mannes School of Music and received his BA and MA in music composition from Hunter College in 1998. He has studied Classical Arabic music with Mr. Simon Shaheen, Mr. Bassam Saba and Dr. Ali Jihad Racy. Ben-Simhon is the founder and composer of the "Sultana Ensemble," a group comprised of musicians and dancers from Arab, American and Israeli descent, and with whom he has recorded two CD’s. His latest CD with the Sultana Ensemble is getting aired on radio stations all over the world. He also co-produced and arranged the music for two CD recordings for the Ladino-fusion band "Sarah Aroeste,". As an authority on Judeo-Arab music, Ben-Simhon was interviewed on NPR with acclaimed Andalusian singer Emil Zrihan, and has been featured in international press such as the Chicago Tribune, and Haaretz. In addition, he was the featured oud player on the soundtrack for the recently released movie “Vanity Fair,” and composed music for other movies such as "Concert Joe," and "Shaheed." Ben-Simhon is also the musical director of the avant-guard NY Jewish theater company Storahtelling, and a musician in residence at the Bnei Jeshurun synagogue in Manhattan. Ben-Simhon was an oud soloist, playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Lucas Richman. Through his work, he has performed at venues throughout the US and Europe, including Seville-Spain, the United Nations General Assembly Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, the Jewish Museum in NY and the Chicago Cultural Center, and has performed with various internationally known artists such as Yossi Fine, George Mgrdichian, Howard Levi, Yair Dalal, Dr. Avi Eilam-Amzallag and memebers of the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra, Gerard Ederi, Bassam Saba, Haig Manokian, Souran Baronian, Abdelftah Bennis, and Frank London, to name just a few. Visit Yoel's web site:



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