Julien Weiss Discusses Traditional and Contemporary Arab Music

Sami Asmar

In 1976, a 23-year-old-French classical guitarist listened to a record of classical Arab music, fell in love with it, and dedicated the rest of his life to studying this art. Born and raised in Paris, Julien Weiss, of Swiss and Alsatian heritage, has become one of the few accomplished qanun players in the world, having studied with masters from throughout the Arab world.


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