Zafer Tawil

USA/Palestine, Oud Player + Percussionist

An accomplished Palestinian musician based in New York City, Zafer Tawil is a virtuoso on oud, violin, and qanoun, and is a master of Arabic percussion. He has performed with numerous musicians, ranging from Sting to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharpe to masters of Arabic music such as Simon Shaheen, Chab Mami, Bassam Saba, and George Ziadeh, among others. Zafer has composed music for a number of film soundtracks, most recently Jonathan Demme’s My Favorite American (not yet released), Rachel Getting Married, and the documentary Until When. He has held workshops on Arabic music at numerous universities throughout the United States. Zafer’s recording history includes “Mumtastic” by Shusmo, Gaida Hinawi’s debut album “Levantine Indulgence,” and two albums by Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers ensemble,  “Two Rivers Musicians,” and the soon-to-be-released “Enaana.”