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Elias Lammam Trio with Reda Darwish
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
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Elias Lammam Trio with Reda Darwish
World-renowned Arabic accordionist and singer Elias Lammam, originally from Lebanon and now resident of Santa Cruz, directs the Elias Lammam Trio.  

The Trio plays popular Arabic music of the mid-20th century, including songs of Oum Kholthum, Fairuz, Warda, Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and the Rahbani brothers, as well as some of Mr. Lammam's own original compositions, improvisations, and folkloric music.  The Trio includes Elias Lammam on microtonal accordion and vocals, jazz bassist Cary Nichols of Santa Cruz on bass, Sarah Michael on qanun, and special guest percussionist Reda Darwish on percussion. Mark Bradlyn (oud) and Dawn Sandoval (vocals) will also perform at the concert.

This concert is generously supported by a 2017 CREATE GRANT from the ARTS COUNCIL Santa Cruz County. We are very thankful for their support!

Elias Lammam is widely considered by those familiar with Arabic music to be the best microtonal accordionist of his generation.  He continues to have many fans throughout the Middle East even after living in the U.S. for over 15 years. He is a highly respected scholar of Arabic music and lectures on maqam theory, vocal techniques, and Arabic music history.

"Elias Lammam is ... literally one of the best accordionists in the world. When Ivan Milev first saw Elias play, he kissed his fingers. When Abu Seoud first saw Elias play, he announced, 'You are the new Abu Seoud!" I am told this is as impressive as it sounds.' "

"Elias Lammam is a one of a kind musician. Very talented. He is the best that I have ever heard. Amazing accordian player and singer." Naser Musa, Recording Artist

Elias Lammam currently lives in Santa Cruz county with his children and is a full-time independent musician, teaching, performing, composing/arranging and recording music 7 days a week.  He has performed, toured and recorded with some of the top Arab singers of his time from the age of 13, including Asala Nasri, Rageb Alame, Wadi el Safi, George Wasouf, Ghassan Saliba, Joseph Noumnoum, and the well known Lebanese raqs sharqi dancers Amani and Samara. He recently performed with his Trio in Portugal for the 2016 World Accordionists Festival, representing the microtonal Arabic accordion style.

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The concert will be held at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.  Family-friendly show.  All ages are welcome.  

For details about Santa Cruz Arabic Music Week please see: and



Kuumbwa Jazz Center (View)
320-2 Cedar St # 2
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Jan 28, 2013
Elias Lammam

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