The Drum is an audio visual  recording project  that will feature Associate Artist Joseph Samarani, a vibrant percussionist of Lebanese heritage in a dazzling repertoire of  Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Greek , Gypsy and Balkan instrumental music. Joseph will be joined by  some of Melbourne’s finest exponents of these musical traditions.

Lebanese Tabla, Daf Joseph Samarani

Drum kit percussion Charley Samarani

Keyboard Alla Masri

Clarinet Orhan Suleyman

Clarinet, Oud George Athanasakos

Saz, Oud, lyra, tambor Paddy Montgomery

Percussion Matt Stonehouse

And other guest artists


Developed with support from  the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria Strategic Investment Fund.



A Lebanese musician walks in to an auditon room.

The Drum is about virtuosity, a Lebanese hand drum and and their battle against cultural discrimination.

The Drum will feature Associate Artist Joseph Samarani, a storyteller, infectious raconteur and brilliant percussionist of Lebanese heritage with

Primary Writer | Performer Joseph Samarani

Writer | Performer Saba Elio El-Sheik

Viola Eugenie Lyon

Percussion| Performer Mark Grunden

Tabla, Vocals Bikram Malhar

Dramaturge Irine Vela


Developed with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Inner North Community Foundation, Moreland City Council, Besen Family Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.


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