Ayman Mabrouk

OneBeat 2012 Fellow

Percussionist

Cairo, Egypt

With darbuka, rig, frame drums, cajon, djembe, naghara, a modern drum set, and rare rhythmic intuition at his disposal, Egyptian percussionist Ayman Mabrouk’s talent spans classical and contemporary world traditions. Ayman creates Arab ballads and German electronica with equal enthusiasm and dexterity. Growing up in Alexandria, a city rich with ethnic music traditions, Ayman has developed a voracious approach to musicianship that knows no borders. The artistically fertile city has offered a stockpile of international drumming styles for Ayman to master. As a former player in the Alexandria Opera House Band, Ayman has earned the high regard of his peers in the Oriental classical music community. Ayman has toured with numerous groups including Massar Egbari Band, Oriental Secrets Ensemble, Maryam Saleh Band, Alif Ensemble, and Grammy and BBC award-winner Fathy Salama. He has been billed at top jazz and world music festivals across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States. As an inspiring and respected educator, he has taken part in workshops and master classes in Egypt, Poland, Serbia, and Hungary.