Tareq Abboushi is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader. Born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine, Tareq received his B.M in jazz piano from William Paterson University in New Jersey. He has played buzuq since 1997 and has performed with numerous bands throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East. His past collaborations include such notable musicians as Simon Shaheen, Omar Farouk Tekbilek, and Dan Zanes. He has lectured and led workshops on Arab music at Columbia University, N.Y.U., Juilliard, The National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, and the Music Conservatory in Norway. He has contributed to the award-winning film scores for Encounter Point (Best Musical Score, Bend Film Festival, 2006) and Chicken Heads (Best Short Film, Dubai Film Festival, 2010), as well as to Jonathan Demme’s Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains and the Oscar-nominated Rachel Getting Married.