Kathryn Lockwood, Viola
Yousif Sheronick, Percussion
DuoJalal “are fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures” (Toronto Star). The married couple’s music presents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. Inspired by their namesake, the 13th-century poet Jalal a din Rumi, whose visions and words brought together people of different religions, cultures, and races, duoJalal invites all communities to a diverse, stimulating inter-cultural experience. They have performed throughout the United States, Australia, and Brazil for the past eleven years. The duo regularly presents world premieres of works composed or arranged for them by composers such as Philip Glass, Andrew Waggoner, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, John Patitucci, Evan Ziporyn, and Giovanni Sollima. Their performance project “The Rumi Experience” blends poetry, multimedia, and music and premiered at the Williams Center in Easton, PA. DuoJalal’s first CD, “A Different World” (Innova Recordings), was hailed as an “exhilarating sonic and somewhat mystical experience” (Jordon Times). Of their second CD, Shadow & Light” (Bridge Records), The Toronto Star exclaimed, “If this is what world music’s future holds, bring on the party.” In 2019, duoJalal became the ensemble in residence for the “Four Seasons@Sands Point” concert series in Long Island, NY. In addition to performing, the duo offers masterclasses and clinics for strings and world drumming to both children and adults. Recent masterclasses were at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention.