Biography

Coming from the depths of Arabic culture, Ayman Mabrouk is born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1983. He grew up listening to and exploring many different Oriental music styles - such as Egyptian, Turkish, North African, Persian and Gulf Arabian - which have formed the basis of his musical work today.

He started working professionally as a percussionist with some of the most respected bands of the traditional Oriental music scene, such as the “Alexandria Opera House Band”. He soon established himself as a sought-after musician, well known for his authentic grasp of Arabic, Jazz, Flamenco, African and Latin American music. Within a few years he had been featured on several television shows as well as at Jazz and World music festivals in more than twenty countries around the world.

While continuing to master a large variety of percussion instruments, Ayman mixes Darbuka, Riq, Dohola, Frame Drums, Cajon, Djembe, Congas, Tombak and many others with some western ones to make a fusion of sound between different cultures and identities. Today, his musical influences are derived from a combination of traditional Arabic and North African rhythms, Flamenco, and Latin American styles, as well as Blues, Rock and Jazz.

Throughout his career, Ayman Mabrouk has been appearing and sharing the stage with numerous artists including legendary Brazilian singer, Gilberto Gil; Grammy & BBC award winner, Fathy Salama; Emmy award-winning German pianist, Matthias Frey; Danish saxophonist, Benjamin Koppel; Spanish guitarist, Fernando Perez; French Rock singer, Rodolphe Burger; the Choir of the German radio, WDR; and the Italian Classical Music Quartet, Xenis Ensemble.

He has also performed with the winner of the Best Oud Player in the World in 2002 and 2004, Hazem Shaheen; the German composer, guitar and oud player, Roman Bunka; Syrian clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh; Tunisian singer, Ghalia Benali; and Syrian singer, Lena Chamamian.

Additionally, he has participated in a variety of workshops with different artists, including American trumpet player, Dave Douglas; American guitarist, Mark Stewart; Cuban drummer, Dafnis Prieto; Lebanese saxophonist, Toufic Farroukh; Lebanese oud player and composer, Charbel Rouhana; and German electronic music composer, Tomath Brinkman; as well as many other international workshops held in Egypt, Poland, Serbia, Hungary and USA.

Lastly, he has founded several bands, such as Maktoub and Station Band; currently a member of Out Of Nations, Ghalia Benali's band, Oriental Secrets Ensemble, Afri-Cairo, Taksir Sharqi; and a former member of Massar Egbari, Alif Ensemble, and Dina El-Wedidi's band.

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