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Mr. Hicham Chami

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Educator, A Musician

Local Address:  Rabat , Morocco
National Conservatory of Music and Dance

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Law School at La Sorbonne , Paris
  • National Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Islamic Studies program
    Columbia University
  • M.A.
    Bethel University
  • MBA
    DePaul University
  • MBA program
  • MBA program
    DePaul University's Kellstadt School of Business
  • PhD program , Ethnomusicology
    University of Florida
  • bachelor's degree , Marketing
  • bachelor's degree , Marketing
    Moroccan Business school - ISCAE
  • bachelors
    The University of Miami
  • business school degree
  • diploma , Qanun performance and instruction and another
  • diplomas , qanun performance/instruction and Western music theory
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The Arabesque Trio, featuring ... [cached]
The Arabesque Trio, featuring Moroccan-born qanun performer Hicham Chami, Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khory and Syrian-born percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain, will be headlining at the 7th annual Arab Festival on October 8th and 9th at Seattle Center.
Moroccan-born Qanun player Hicham Chami is an educator, a musician and a graduate of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Rabat, Morocco. Chami is founder and Executive Director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble as well as the Arabesque Foundation for Arab Culture, an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Turkish and Armenian Music.
Tunisian Vocalist Sonia M'Barek in a Concert of Andalusian Muwashahat | Alwan For The Arts [cached]
Hicham Chami- qanun
M'Barek will be joined on March 23 by violinist Hanna Khoury (a Pew Fellow who's played with Fairuz, Youssou N'Dour, and Mandy Patinkin); percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain (fluent in Arab and Latin rhythms); master cellist and oud player Kinan Abou-afach; Kinan Idnawi (an oud player for both Marcel Khalife and the Qatar Philharmonic); and Hicham Chami (a skilled qanun player and music scholar who founded the Arabesque Music Ensemble).
Hicham Chami is a Moroccan-born qanun performer based in Florida. He graduated from the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Rabat, Morocco, with diplomas in qanun performance and instruction and Western music theory. After earning his business school degree in Casablanca, he relocated to Chicago and completed his MBA at DePaul University's Kellstadt School of Business. Chami is the founder and executive director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble, which has toured the U.S. and Canada and produced two critically-acclaimed CDs, including The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh: Soul of a People, which was named a top-ten world music recording by the Boston Globe. Chami conducts workshops and master classes for students and adults in a variety of settings. In 2010 he began graduate studies in the PhD program in Ethnomusicology at University of Florida.
Hicham Chami
Hicham Chami
CUNY Graduate Center - Proshansky Auditorium
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street New York, NY 10016
Oriental Promises - Hicham Chami [cached]
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Enchanting classical Arabic and Turkish music is performed by Hicham Chami on qanun accompanied by Catherine Alexander on hand drums.
Enchanting classical Arabic and Turkish music is performed by Hicham Chami on qanun accompanied by Catherine Alexander on hand drums.
Award-winning musician Hicham Chami, a native of Morocco now living in Chicago, has studied qanun since age eight. He performs throughout the U.S. and leads the Oriental Classical Ensemble of Chicago.
"Hicham Chami is a truly gifted performer with a beautiful mastery found only in the most skilled and practiced musicians. His music is calming and exquisite in its subtlety. -- Lindsay Siegel, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Famous Qanun Player Hicham Chami - English Blog | By Morocco Channel [cached]
Hicham Chami is a musician from Morocco who plays the qanun, a plucked box zither-type classical instrument. Today he is a research fellow at the University of Florida and has received recognition and awards for his talent and performances throughout the years.
Born in Tetouan of Morocco, in the year 1977, music ability appears to run in Chami's family, with his father being one of the founders of the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra. Hicham Chami began attending the National Conservatory of Music and Dance, located in Rabat, at eight years of age, taking up the qanun. He made a name for himself, playing solo on graduation day for all four years he attended the Conservatory.
Hicham Chami participated in a number of festivals and concerts. Amongst these was the Festival of Plucked Strings, when he performed alongside the National Turkish Orchestra's Ahmet Meter. While performing with the Conservatory's Oriental Music Orchestra, Chami also joined the Quintet of Arabic Music and Trio Shahnaz.
Following his successes in Morocco, Hicham Chami moved to the United States at the age of twenty-two. Here he continued his education at DePaul University's Kellstadt School of Business in Chicago. While studying in Chicago he joined Taqaseem. In 2001 he went on the Arabic Music Retreat with Simon Shaheen, a step that lead to even greater things for Chami. Here he was able to meet a number of talented musicians, as well as studying the qanun with Jamal Sinno. He went on to form collaborations with Neal Clarke, Yoel Ben-Simhon, Al Sharvarsh Bardezbanian, and Beth Borgerhoff, all of whom he met at the retreat. Other opportunities arose in Chicago, including Hicham working with Issa Boulos and the TiTiko Ensemble.
Things just kept moving forward for Hicham Chami in 2002, who along with Cindy Infantino began Xauen Music, Inc to create a database of Oriental scores.
2003 saw Hicham putting together an ensemble called Mosaic, and Xauen Music launching a magazine called Tarab. During the year he took part in a number of performances as well as an Urban Gateways program for school children.
Since then Hicham Chami has kept busy, bringing major musicians together to record songs by Sayyed Darweesh and producing a concert for Souad Massi through Xauen Music.
From tours and concerts to radio shows and TV appearances, Hicham Chami has truly made a name for himself, while highlighting Arabic music in the western world.
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Hicham Chami (Qanun) has studied music for nearly twenty years, in Morocco and the U.S. Hicham is founder of the Mosaic Ensemble and the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble as well as Xauen Music, an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Sephardic, Turkish, and Armenian music. Following graduation from business school in Casablanca, Hicham moved to Chicago to begin the MBA program at DePaul University's Kellstadt School of Business. Hicham has been performing with several ensembles in Chicago, including the Sharq Ensemble led by Issa Boulos and Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi's group, TiTiko.
Hicham also conducts educational workshops and classes for children and adults.
Temple Schultz (Jazz Vocals) has been singing professionally since childhood and leading bands since graduating from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) where she received her bachelors in the internationally top-rated program for Music Business.
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