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Nadine Altounji

Montreal

A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Montreal, she grew up watching her Syrian grandmother play classic Arabic songs on the piano. She was only five years old when she learned to play the piano. For the past four years, Nadine has dedicated herself to exploring her Syrian heritage; she learned how to play the oud, a traditional instrument of the Middle East that her great-grandfather played.

It was after a stay in Ecuador and Peru, where she explored local musical traditions and discussed identity and cultural issues, that her latest project was born: The Stories that Tie Us to Trees.

An amalgam between the various rhythms and forms of Arabic music and the melodious musical traditions of South America where various African, Latin and indigenous influences merge.