Catherine Cornet - 04/10/2005
They are from Ramallah, Athens, New York and Peru. They gathered in the name of music and Jazz to create an explosive fusion of trends and instruments...
Shusmo will be performing at the Jerusalem Fund Festival in Washington on the 13th of October.
A graduate from William Paterson University with a B.M. in Jazz Piano Performance. Abboushi has been playing the buzuq for seven years, starting at the National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah, Palestine, and continuing in New York City. He has performed with such notable musicians as Simon Shaheen (Symphony Space), David Brosa (The United Nations, Saint John the Divine Cathedral), and Dan Zanes (Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn Festival). He has also performed with groups in Boston, Washington DC, and Chicago, and has given numerous lecture demonstrations about Arabic Music at Columbia University, NYU, The Museum of the City of New York, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. He is part of many groups in the New York area and is leading and composing for his own quintet SHUSMO, playing mostly original compositions of Middle Eastern/Jazz fusion. Since releasing their first album “One” in February 2005, the quintet has taken part in various festivals: Atlantic Antic Festival, Sounds of the City Festival, and the Jerusalem Festival.
Abboushi has also composed and recorded music for the film “West Bank-Brooklyn,” and theme music for WBAI’s radio show “Fen Meshnoon with Dean and Maysoon,” and has appeared on three albums with Dan Zanes: “Parades and Panoramas,” “House Party” and “Night Time!” The latter has won the “Best children's CD of the year (2002)” award by amazon.com.
A clarinetist since the age of 11. While a young child, he remembers sitting on his father’s lap(Elias Bournias a Flogera Player) and, under the direction of his father, he would bang out rhythms on pillows while listening to Turkish and Greek night club music. While few years had elapsed and now living in Greece, Lefteris’ interest in music was still very strong. Only it was Classic Rock and the bands of the 70’s and not the music he would later grow to love and perform. One evening in Athens, while his father was in New York, Lefteris was with his mother, talking and looking at a magazine with electric guitars and electric basses. He then asked his mother, “Mom, can you buy this guitar for me?” While his mother was hesitant at first, she conceded but also offered the idea “Hey, why don’t you get a clarinet instead and make your father happy.” And Lefteris thought “Clarinet!!! What are you talking about?” It had been some time since his involvement with music that wasn’t rock. But almost like a bolt of lightening, the idea stayed with him and that summer he bought his first clarinet.
Lefteris was fortunate to live near a famous gypsy clarinetist, Mr. Vasilis Soukas, and he soon frequented his house for lessons while attending the Athens Conservatory of Music under the guidance of clarinetist Mr. Farandatos. While returning to New York with his family, Lefteris attended the Aaron Copeland School of Music earning a B.A. in Performance, and a Masters of Science in Music Education and attempted a P.H.D in Ethnomusicology (still pending!). Throughout his studies, Lefteris has been performing extensively. So extensively, that at times he would perform two and even three performances daily for weeks on end.
Lefteris Has performed and recorded with many highly acclaimed singers and musicians amongst them Makis Hristodoulopoulos,Stelios Dionissiou,Peggy Zina,Pitsa Papadopoulou,Doukissa,The New York Pops, Takis Zaharatos,Lambis Livieratos,Hristos Antoniadis,Stathis Aggelopoulos,Eleni Legaki, Nikos Hatzopoulos,En hordes,Uri Cane,Charles Genus,Steve Haas, Elektra Ensemble, Nikos and Giasemi Saragoudas,Spiros Exaras Band, Georgos Kinousis and many more.
As a diverse musician, Lefteris’ style combines Greek traditional, Gypsy, Classical, Turkish Gypsy, and elements of Jazz (rhythmical and harmonic).
With a special sound that eminates from his clarinet, he is a wanted man in the recording field and in live festivals, gigs, etc.
Lefteris Bournias has been a clarinetist since the age of 11. While in Greece, Lefteris was fortunate to live near a famous gypsy clarinetist, Mr. Vasilis Soukas, and he soon frequented his house for lessons while attending the Athens Conservatory of Music under the guidance of clarinetist Mr. Farandatos. Upon returning to New York with his family, Lefteris began attending the Aaron Copeland School of Music earning a B.A. in Performance, a Masters of Science in Music Education, and attempted a P.H.D in Ethnomusicology (still pending!). Lefteris has performed and recorded with many highly acclaimed singers and musicians amongst them Makis Hristodoulopoulos, Stelios Dionissiou, Peggy Zina, Pitsa Papadopoulou, Doukissa, The New York Pops, Takis Zaharatos, Lambis Livieratos, Hristos Antoniadis, Stathis Aggelopoulos, Eleni Legaki, Nikos Hatzopoulos, En hordes, Uri Cane, Charles Genus, Steve Haas, Elektra Ensemble, Nikos and Giasemi Saragoudas, Spiros Exaras Band, Georgos Kinousis and many more. As a diverse musician, his style combines traditional Greek, Gypsy, Classical, Turkish Gypsy, and elements of Jazz (rhythmical and harmonic).
He plays with such soulful fire and intensity which makes his sound undeniably unique, and makes him one of the most sought after clarinetists in New York City.
A NYC area jazz bass player who began studying music at the age of eleven on electric guitar. He later studied classical guitar and switched to electric bass and finally double bass, at age of 17. After high school, Frank was accepted into the prestigious WPU jazz program, where he met Tareq and became interested in his band "SHUSMO". Frank was very fortunate to be part of the program when jazz great Rufus Reid was head of the department. He also benefited from private studying under Todd Coolman, Santi DeBriano, Marcus McLaurine, and Steve Laspina. During that time, he began performing with local talent and caught the attention of a few people in the industry. Before he graduated, he had the privilege of recording with Chris Potter, Dave Leibman, and Phil Woods (“Sylvan Treasure” The Jesse Green Trio - Chiaroscuro), and performed live with Phil Woods several times as well. Frank also made a few New York appearances with pianist James Williams of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers fame
The Peruvian drummer/percussionist and composer Héctor Morales posses the unique sensibility and knowledge that allows him to successfully blend in his playing as well as in his compositions the sounds and rhythms of such diverse musical traditions as the Afro-Peruvian, Middle Eastern, Cuban and Jazz.
Hector has played and studied Afro-Peruvian music with such masters of the style as Julio “Chocolate” Algendones, Marcos Campos and Carlos Hayre, he later studied Jazz at the prestigious “William Paterson University Jazz Program” in NJ, from where he graduated in 2003. Currently he continues his education by performing and studying with musicians of different ethnic musical backgrounds who live in the New York area.
Mr. Morales has performed on important stages of Perú, Chile and the U.S.A. such as the National Museum of Perú, GOETHE Institute, “Festival del Huaso” (Chile), “Society of Musicians and Composers of Chile Auditorium”, Trumpets, Luna Stage, Detour, Satalla, Barnes Institute and Columbia University among others. He has also been featured with the Afro-Peruvian group “Cambalache Negro” in a video produced by LP (Latin Percussion).
Héctor Morales is currently performing in the New York area with “Maestro” of Afro-Peruvian music Carlos Hayre, legendary director and composer Chico Mendoza’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Afro-Cuban band “Quindembo”, the Middle Eastern fusion group “Shusmo” and as the leader of his own fusion group “Afrodita”.
An accomplished Palestinian musician based in New York City. He is a virtuoso on oud, violin, qanun, and is a master of Arabic percussion. He has performed with numerous musicians ranging from pop star Sting to Arab music virtuosos such as Simone Shaheen, Chab Mami, Bassam Saba, and George Ziadeh; to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharpe, among many others. Zafer has also composed music for a number of films, and has held workshops on Arabic Music at many universities in the US
To listen to samples of the last cd: www.shusmo.com