Boston Arabic Music Ensemble (BAME)

Upcoming Concert-Will be Rescheduled Soon

"Sitt El-Habayeb" Concert
Celebrating Arab Mother's Day

Address: Christ Church
0 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

$25/ person- $20/ students- $10/ child 3-12 y/o
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Boston Arabic Music Ensemble In Residence at CAC

Under Direction of Musician Layth Sidiq
In the early 1980s, a few amateur musicians and friends from the Boston community gathered to play some popular folkloric and other classical songs from the Arabic musical heritage. The group gathered in several venues from private homes to local universities such as MIT and Harvard, and lately at the Center for Arabic Culture (CAC) to celebrate that rich musical heritage. Many of the group members have participated in and learned the musical format through the Arabic Music Retreat that is held yearly at Mount Holyoke College under the direction of Simon Shaheen and AJ Racy, as well as students and faculty from the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
More recently, the group has evolved into its current members from the Boston community, and performs classical and folkloric Arabic musical repertoire under the artistic direction of Bassam Saba (from 2010 to 2018) and Layth Sidiq (2018-). The group had been hosted at the Center for Arabic Culture locale in Somerville, MA and performs regularly at the CAC annual Spring festival.
“Boston Arabic Music Ensemble” (BAME) welcomes committed intermediate and advanced level musicians. For all queries, please contact

Current members of BAME:
Layth Sidiq: Musical Director; Violin
Ghaleb Daouk: Nay, flute
Charlotte Dumont: Double bass
Rania El-Fekih : Voice
Lisa Ann Esperson : Percussion
Samia Mora: Oud
Anne Phipps: Percussion
Jamila Talhi : Voice
Guest artists:

Naseem Alatrash: Cello
Fadi Saba: Piano
Jamal Sinno : Qanoun

Alma Richeh: Voice
Thaer Bader: Sound Engineer

If you are interested in joining the ensemble please email us at:

BAME Members

BAME Practice at CAC

May 3, 2019 Concert at Emanuel Church, Boston MA

Boston Arabic Music Ensemble in Residence at CAC

Layth Sidiq, Music Director
"Layth Sidiq is an international award-winning violinist, composer and educator who has toured the world and performed with major artists such as Simon Shaheen, Danilo Perez, Javier Limon, Jack Dejohnette and many others. Layth is featured on multiple award-winning albums and his first record 'Son of Tigris' premiered at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016. He is the director of both the Arab Music Ensemble at Tufts University and the Center for Arabic Culture’s Youth Orchestra program in Boston, and a faculty member at Simon Shaheen's annual Arabic Music Retreat. A graduate of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute masters program, Layth is an in- demand violinist and vocalist around the world."

Layth Sidiq, Music Director