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junebug music festival: Tareq Abboushi

Multi-instrumentalist, composer & bandleader. Graduated with honors from William Paterson University in New Jersey- Jazz Piano Performance degree.

Abboushi has been playing Buzuq since 1997, performing all over the world with such notable musicians as Souad Massi, Simon Shaheen, Lotfi Bouchnak, Sonia M’barek, & Billy Drewes.

His discography includes two albums with his group SHUSMO, four albums with Dan Zanes, four with Amir ElSaffar, & numerous film soundtracks including “Man From Plains,” & the Oscar-nominated “Rachel Getting Married,” directed by Jonathan Demme.

His teaching career involves lectures at Columbia University, NYU, & Juilliard in the US, as well as Agder University in Norway. Abboushi served as Head of the Arabic Music Department at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, and is currently the director of the Ramallah branch.

Among the awards he has received is the Palestinian National Music Competition award for his composition “Pickles,” and the United States’ Artist of Extra-Ordinary Ability, for which he was granted citizenship.