George Kandalaft

OneBeat 2013 Fellow

Composer, Oud Player

George Kandalaft is an oud player specializing in lyrical improvisations in a traditional style. He was born in Nazareth. At the age of 10, he started playing the oud, and later joined his first band at the age of 14. Two years later, he began to take part in a project that aimed to play music for peace. In 2008, he finished his first degree in musical performance and music education, and continued his academic diploma in music therapy in Jerusalem. Through the years of his life, George has participated in different international music festivals in different parts of the world. He has played with bands, orchestras, and performed his own compositions for solo oud–both in a traditional sound and an electrified heavy metal style. He is interested in integrating the oud with music from different origins. George is also a music therapist who works with blind, deaf, physically disabled, autistic, mentally retarded, and hyperactive people.