Mohamed Alnuma : voice and oud
He left Irak at the age of 17.
In Europe, he studied jazz guitar before he discovered his roots,
the music of the pearl gatherers (in Frenc pêcheurs de perles)
of the Persian Gulf. So he devoted himself to the practice of
the oud and traditional singing. In 1997, he founded the ensemble
Pêcheurs de Perles.
He interprets traditional songs as well as his own compositions,
with the gathering and dialogue of the East and the West as a
Milchberg : bouzouki, ney, Bansouri flute (India), çümbüs
( Turkish banjo), jura (Turkish saz)
He was born in France, of Jewish and Argentinian origin. After
a long itinerary throughout the traditional music styles of various
countries, as musician and producer, he has taken on a passion
for Turkish and Middle-Eastern music.
He joined Pêcheurs de Perles in 1999 as a musician and arranger.
His projects put the artistic and human aspects
on the same level: « music is a language that crosses borders,
whether physical, social or religious. »
Autexier : percussion
He was born and lives in the Alps of Haute Provence. He first
learned the zarb (Iranian drum) with Keyvan and Djamchid Chemirani,
in the traditional, non-written fashion. He then adapted the fingering
technique of the zarb to the darbuka and other percussion instruments.
He has a passion for oriental percussion and devotes himself to
the practice of the various Turkish, Greek, Maghrebian and Persian
drums, drawing from their identities to develop his own musical
Roy : accordion
She followed a classical piano training for ten years at Nancy’s
music school before taking an interest for traditional music,
where she found more freedom and spontaneity. She then naturally
turned towards Klezmer music and the chromatic accordion, and
from then on to the traditional music and dance of Eastern countries.
This is where she met Mohamed Alnuma, who gave her the «
Pêcheurs de Perles» spirit: the meeting of the East
and the West, of Jewish and Arab traditions, of masculine and
Kalhor : kamanche (Iranian violin)
He is of Iranian origin. He started his musical adventure at the
age of 14 with the kamantche (traditional Iranina violin) and
the daf drum. After studying Persian classical music with great
Iranian masters, he settled in Puna, India, where he met many
musicians from the world over. He played Indian and oriental music,
got interested in jazz and developed his own style. He met Pêcheurs
de Perles in Istanbul in 2002, and joined the band.