Tarab Demo






About Tarab

Based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Tarab plays modern interpretations of Egyptian, Arabian, Lebanese and other Middle Eastern popular songs. Simultaneously traditional and progressive, Tarab weaves a mesmerizing sound that combines technical virtuosity and hypnotic Arabic, world and rock rhythms.

Hazem Matar - Electric Oud, Vocals
Hazem has played the oud, an ancient precursor of the guitar, for over 20 years. He studied Arabic classical music for oud and vocals with one of Saudi Arabia’s great masters, Ghazi Ali. Well-known for his technique and musical spirit in his home city of Jeddah, Hazem brings the Arab world’s rich musical tradition to Vancouver’s music lovers.

Curtis Andrews - Drums, Vocals
Percussionist, composer, teacher and traveler Curtis Andrews' ongoing journey has taken him from the villages of West Africa to the metropolises of South India. He performs in a wide variety of musical styles has released his own album of original world jazz. He also has a philanthropic side, helping bring education to villages in Ghana.

Greg Valou - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Greg is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays in many world music, psychedelic, rock and experimental music projects and is also the band's graphic designer.


Colin Maskell - Soprano Saxophone
Colin is a multi-saxophonist and flutist who balances his time as a music teacher, clinician, private teacher, and performer playing in bands ranging in style from traditional jazz, modern jazz, rock, funk, studio work, new compositions, world fusion, and interpretive performance art.

Ingrid Cheung - Flute, Vocals
Ingrid is a classically trained musician, mainly on flute and vocals. She enjoys improvisation and plays many styles including folk, pop, classical, world fusion and jazz.




The word, Tarab, is an Arabic musical term with no direct English equivalent. A loose translation is, "the feeling of ecstasy and surrender brought on by music." It is precisely this feeling that we strive to attain and transmit through our performance.

Tarab's music is a combination of Middle Eastern folk, film and classic songs, steeped in jazz and psychedelia.

Both entrancing and danceable, the voluptuous belly dancing grooves, blistering oud, sax and drum solos bring a tasty Middle Eastern flavour.




Jan. 4, 2014 - FAREWELL CONCERT! w/ Boujou Cissoko
Café Deux Soleils
- Join us for our final show as we bid farewell to our friend and lead singer Hazem.

It's been an amazing journey and we thank you all for your support and enthusiasm for TARAB. We hope you will join us for one final celebration.


December 5, 12, 19 & 26 - 1,001 Nights @ Shangri-La Hotel 5:00pm - 7:00 pm at Xi Shi  Lounge

Nov. 29, 2013 - ZIMBAMOTO & TARAB
Café Deux Soleils

December 6, 2013 - Sljivovica Social Club feat. TARAB
Kozmik Zoo - 8:30 pm

October 24, 2013 - Festival MOSAIC
A fabulous night of sight and sound to celebrate the cultures of our mosaic!
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC



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