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  • Maruan Betawi - Oud, guitar

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    Maruan Betawi was born in Irbid, Jordan. Growing up in a multicultural family, granted him access to the different musical influences of the world. After starting his music journey by studying piano at the age of 10, he found his true musical calling when he began playing the Oud.
    In 1999, Maruan Betawi joined the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan, bringing him a series of remarkable concert opportunities. After moving to Deggendorf, Germany in 2005 to pursue his studies as an engineer, he later joined local band ‘Los Locos’, performing a mix of latin and pop music with Arabic touches. In 2012, Maruan Betawi, together with his brother, Ismael Betawi and Marliese Glück put all of their creative focus in the new musical project, MAQAMUNDO.
    From 2013, he lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE, but still keeps his ties to the MAQAMUNDO project, planning new and improved performances.
    Read more www.maruanbetawi.com
  • Ismael Betawi - Violin, percussion

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    Ismael Betawi was born in Irbid, Jordan, the youngest of three brothers. He began his musical education at the age of 7, learning the basics on the piano. Soon after he started practicing the violin. He participated in various school events and later joined the Orchestra of the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. He also collaborated with the Palestinian Youth Orchestra. Following the move to Germany in 2005, he began his studies in Engineering and joined the band Los Locos as a bass player. He developed a great interest in everything music related, including Sound Technology. His collection of instruments grew as he continued experimenting and added cajon, electric guitar, keyboard, ukulele. In 2012, Ismael Betawi became a founding part of Maqamundo, alongside his brother, Maruan Betawi and Marliese Glück. He also collaborated on several occasions with the Munich-based group ‘Gipsy Ley’ and the Flamenco bros.
  • Marliese Glück - Percussion

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    Marliese Glück started her musical training on the piano and the organ. On these instruments she performed also for her high school graduation. The studies of Musicology and Theater Studies (Magister Artium) followed in Munich, Barcelona and Paris.
    Her fascination with the world of rhythm and movement led her to become a Rhythmic Educator (FMZ Munich). Since many years she enjoys learning and exploring various percussion instruments, focusing especially on Oriental percussion (darabuka, riq, duf...).
    She teaches and regularly accompanies Oriental dancers in class and on stage. Next to MAQAMUNDO she is also performing with the Trio Resonaria (on Nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish musical instrument).
    Read more www.drumndance.de
  • Oliver Nözel - Guitar

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    Oliver Nözel began his musical career in a more unconventional way, with rap and electric guitar, but soon after decided to devote his entire attention to studying the acoustic guitar. When he was 22 years old, he fell in love with the Spanish rhythms and never let them go since. Performing alongside ‘Los Locos’ and ‘The Jammers’ he got to develop his musical skills as well as his stage presence. Mostly performing a vast repertoire of popular Latin-American and pop music, he quickly discovered that his true passion lies in the harmony and soul of the Flamenco genre. Travelling to Spain and studying under professional Flamenco-guitarists became an absolute must for Oliver. He found a particular interest in Andalusia, with its rich musical history and connection to the Arabic culture.
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