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Basel Rajoub

born in 1981 in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic

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Basel Rajoub

Basel Rajoub (Arabic: ) is a Syrian musician, composer and saxophone player. He was born in Aleppo in 1981 and started his musical career performing on trumpet before joining Aleppo's conservatory where he studied eastern and European classical music, as well as jazz. Basel's music has hints of jazz mixed with eastern rhythms in addition to piano and brass. He recently performed with the Syrian singer Lena Chamamyan and they won the Radio Monte Carlo award in September 2006. Both artists gained a wide popularity in the Arab world especially after they performed Live in a number of cities like Cairo, Amman, Paris, Vienna and of course Damascus.

Rajoub played Saxophone in the British Council sponsored tour for the album "Sprinting Gazelle" by London based Palestinian singer and ethnomusicologist Reem Kelani along with two Syrian musicians: Amir Qara Jouli (violin) and Simon Mreach (percussion), in addition to three of Kelani's British band: Patrick Illingworth (drums), Oli Hayhurst (double bass) and Zoe Rahman (piano). The debut represented songs from Palestine and the diaspora in a way that seemed both modern and ancient.


Aleppo-born and Swiss-based graduate of Damascus High Institute of Music, Basel is a consummate performer, skilled improviser, and highly original composer creating new music that is rooted in a thousand-year-old tradition. Basel is known for developing oriental music for the saxophone and is dedicated to helping his audience discover contemporary expression of myriad melodic modes of Arabic music. An innovator both on stage and in the studio, Basel performs as a solo artist and a leader of the Basel Rajoub Ensemble.

Rajoub performs on instruments that are not native to the Middle East, exemplifying the talent, achievement, and breadth of a rising generation of cosmopolitan Arab musicians who combine jazz, classical music, the microtonal subtleties and myriad melodic modes of Arabic music, and whose music represents a sublime mix of spontaneity and control rooted in a thousand-year-old tradition of improvisation. Such music could only have emerged from artists whose own musical journeys have zigzagged back and forth between the Middle East and the West in unique ways, creating music that is at once seamless and surprising [1]


Solo Albums

  • Khameer: Composer, arranger, lead soloist, 2010
  • Asia: Composer, arranger, lead soloist, 2012-2013 (international releases)


  • Asmar EllonL: Composer, arranger, performer, 2005 (declared Winner, Radio Monte Carlo Moyen Orient Award 2006)
  • Shamat: Composer, arranger, performer, 2007
  • Kasaed Syaseh: Composer, arranger, performer, 2012

Film scores

  • Roubama (2012), directed by Rakan Mayassi (Jordan). Feature film selection by Locarno Film Festival, Beirut International Film Festival and London Documentary Film Festival
  • Bb (2012) directed by Lamis Al Mouhammad (Syria)



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