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Esmaeel AboFakher

 Esmaeel is Nai's Resident Musician. Born to a musician family in Syria, Esmaeel is a versatile instrumentalist, playing  bouzouki  and  oud  among other things. Esmaeel was also a trained paramedic.  With wife Rahaf Alakbani, Esmaeel arrived in Canada in February 2016 as a refugee. Esmaeel and Rahaf were the main organizers of the famous  Newcomer Kitchen , and became Nai's key musicians and facilitators in May 2016. Esmeeel plays with AraBest and in 2018 built the Jawa band with other recently arrived Syrian refugee musicians.  Esmaeel and Rahaf are also songwriters. They wrote the now famous Nai signature song "Singing for Peace" when they were still in Turkey. The couple are both pursuing Master degree in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier Univerisity.

Esmaeel is Nai's Resident Musician. Born to a musician family in Syria, Esmaeel is a versatile instrumentalist, playing bouzouki and oud among other things. Esmaeel was also a trained paramedic.

With wife Rahaf Alakbani, Esmaeel arrived in Canada in February 2016 as a refugee. Esmaeel and Rahaf were the main organizers of the famous Newcomer Kitchen, and became Nai's key musicians and facilitators in May 2016. Esmeeel plays with AraBest and in 2018 built the Jawa band with other recently arrived Syrian refugee musicians.

Esmaeel and Rahaf are also songwriters. They wrote the now famous Nai signature song "Singing for Peace" when they were still in Turkey. The couple are both pursuing Master degree in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier Univerisity.

Miguel Brito-Lopez

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Mexican pianist Miguel is currently working as accompanist with Nai. Miguel has a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from the University of Toronto (2018) and a Master of Music in Piano degree from the University of British Columbia (2012). His principal teachers have been the professor Nancy Weems (University of Houston), Aquiles Delle-Vigne (CODARTS), the concert-pianist Mauricio Nader in Mexico City and professor Rena Sharon (UBC) from whom Miguel received mentorship within the area of iano solo and chamber music. Miguel worked from 2012 to 2016 as a piano teacher and collaborative pianist in the city of Vancouver, especially for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music (VSOSofM) , and as repetiteur for the opera productions at the Vancouver Academy of Music (2013-2015). 

 

Musicians who worked with Nai 

Some of these musicians continue working with Nai on project basis

 Hussein directed the Choir for many important concerts in summer 2018 including Canada Day Concert at the Aga Khan Museum and Nai’s digital presentation at J.F. Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C.

Hussein directed the Choir for many important concerts in summer 2018 including Canada Day Concert at the Aga Khan Museum and Nai’s digital presentation at J.F. Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C.

Hussein Janmohamed

Salam Khorshid

Adham Al Kuntar 

Monique De Margerie

Hanna Touma

Lucas Marchand

Dallas Bergen

Tahirih Vejdani 

Adam Sakiyama

Karen Cyrus

 RPSM teacher Tahirih directed Nai Choir at Regent Park School of Music Recital in 2018

RPSM teacher Tahirih directed Nai Choir at Regent Park School of Music Recital in 2018

Brian Elkhoury

Alondra Vega

Shireen Abu-Khader

Roy Menagh

Victoria Fuller

Hoora Sayed-Ahmadian

Moe Haiek

Iman Talmas 

 Syrian violinist and conductor Salam worked tirelessly with the children between April 2017 and March 2018

Syrian violinist and conductor Salam worked tirelessly with the children between April 2017 and March 2018

 Syrian percussionist Adham was a beloved drum teacher for Nai children especially boys

Syrian percussionist Adham was a beloved drum teacher for Nai children especially boys

Iman Abdulrazzak

Iman is a Syrian violinist from Aleppo. Initially, she was trained as a classical musician. She fled the war of Syria and went to Turkey in 2013. During her time there, she volunteered as a music teacher in an orphanage.

Iman moved to the United States in 2014 to complete her undergraduate studies at Monmouth College and graduated in 2018 with a double major in music and psychology. She played with several orchestras and was the Concertmaster of Monmouth College Orchestra for three years.

Iman found her passion for teaching music in her late years in Syria. She taught violin and music theory for the past seven years.

In May 2018, Iman arrived to Canada to seek refuge and build a new life. She joined Nai in September 2018. She is also a member of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra and Summerhill Orchestra.

 

As a refugee children's choir, we are dedicated to promoting talents within the refugee community. We are very fortunate that a team of committed Syrian musicians joined us,  and continue to be the backbone of the choir.  We are also grateful that Regent Park School of Music was Nai's music education partner between October 2016 and May 2018. RPSM's high quality teaching faculty worked with the children and mentored Nai's Syrian musicians on a weekly basis

 RPSM teacher Lucas directed the choir at the Refugee Day Concert 2017

RPSM teacher Lucas directed the choir at the Refugee Day Concert 2017

 Syrian musician and music teacher Hanna had endless games and energy when he was with Nai children

Syrian musician and music teacher Hanna had endless games and energy when he was with Nai children

 Vocal teacher and music director Alondra brought so much energy and professionalism to the Choir

Vocal teacher and music director Alondra brought so much energy and professionalism to the Choir

 As part of the RPSM team, Dallas worked with Nai Children between October 2016 and April 2018

As part of the RPSM team, Dallas worked with Nai Children between October 2016 and April 2018

 Pianist and music director Adam was instrumental to Nai’s survival and thriving between March 2017 and May 2018

Pianist and music director Adam was instrumental to Nai’s survival and thriving between March 2017 and May 2018