About

Jamal Mohamed has been a featured artist in many international music and dance events. He has presented percussion workshops at venues worldwide, including Berklee College of Music in Boston; the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City; the Tokyo School of Music in Tokyo, Japan; the American University in Cairo, Egypt; the Center for World Music in Bali, Indonesia; and the University of Hong Kong, to name a few. He has performed with Sting, Mark O’Connor, Giovanni Hidalgo and many other well known artists. In addition, his music has been featured in the television documentaries Ramses the Great, National Geographic’s Lions of Darkness (with D’Drum), and the film biography of bluesman Robert Johnson, Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?, starring Danny Glover and Keb’ Mo’.

 

A native of Lebanon, Jamal grew up in the Chicago area, where he was exposed to rich blues and jazz traditions as well as the Middle Eastern music he heard at home. Known for his virtuosity on the doumbek, Jamal has incorporated many innovative jazz and Latin styles with this ancient instrument. He designs and builds a number of the instruments he plays and has worked extensively in dance, theater, film and music therapy. In 2010 Toca Percussion introduced the “Jamal Doumbek,” a signature drum he designed with Toca.

 

Currently, Jamal performs with the percussion group D’Drum. The group was named the 2010 winner of Drum! magazine’s award for best percussion group, and was also featured in an Emmy Award-winning PBS short film documenting the group’s travels and observations related to world percussion. Jamal also performs with the world music group Brahma and the jazz ensemble Jampact. He serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, where he teaches percussion and directs the Meadows World Music Ensemble.

 

Selected Highlight Events

 

  • July, 2011 Tour of India performing in Bangalore, Cochin, Kerala and Chennai with Mysore Brothers and Poovalur Sriji
  • June, 2011Featured performer in Jakarta, Indonesia at Garin Nugroho Opening Exhibition
  • May, 2011Featured performer in Taipai, Taiwan at 2011 World Press Photo Exhibition
  • February 2011Featured performer for World Premier of Stewart Copeland’s “Gamelan DDrum” with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
  • November 2010Presented clinic on Middle Eastern Drumming at Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • June 2010Presented workshop on Middle Eastern Drumming at Tokyo School of Music Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • May 2010Established SMU in Bali with Center for World Music. Directed classes in music with master musicians from India, Java, Bali and Sumatra in Bali, Indonesia.
  • January 2010Introduced the “Jamal doumbek” a signature drum designed for Toca percussion and manufactured in Bali, Indonesia.
  • June 2009Created instructional videos for Toca percussion website http://www.tocapercussion.com
  • January 2009Presented percussion demonstrations at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • October 2007Presented workshop “Ethnic percussion for Modern Dance” at the International Guild of Musicians in Dance conference. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
  • August 2007Presented percussion workshops at the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, “Teaching and Playing Outside the Box.” Chicago, Illinois
  • November 2006 Presented a percussion Master Class and evening concert with DDrum for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Austin, Texas.
  • October 2004Featured performer: Global Rhythms. Maimi University
  • July 2004 Featured performer: Bandung World Music Festival. Java, Indonesia
  • March 2004Presented workshop on Middle Eastern drumming at Mayaguez puerto Rico
  • December 2003Presented workshop on Middle Eastern drumming at San Diego State University.
  • July 2003Featured performer at Payangan World Music Festival in Bali, Indonesia. Instructor at Center for World Music summer workshop in Bali.
  • February 2003 Featured performer at Hong Kong Convention Center with DDrum and performers from Beijing Opera for production of Magic Flute directed by Vicki Ooi Presented workshop on Middle Eastern Drumming at Hong Kong University.
  • July 2002Featured performer at Payangan World Music Festival in Bali, Indonesia. Instructor at Center for World Music summer workshop in Bali and performances in Java.
  • June 2001 Featured performer and clinician at Berklee World Percussion Festival. Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • November 2000 Featured performer and clinician at Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Dallas, Texas.
  • July 2000Featured performer with Sting and opening band Simon Shaheen and Al’Qantara, Jones Beach, New York.
  • 1999 Featured performer at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon. Canada.
  • 1999Featured performer at the 21st Annual Thyagaraja Indian Music Festival, Toronto, Canada.
  • 1998 Featured performer and instructor at the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1998Featured performer at the Lotus World Music Festival, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • 1997 Featured soloist with the SMU Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society Convention, Anaheim, California.
  • 1996Featured performer with Omaha Magic Theater at the 1996 Suwon Castle International Theater Festival, Suwon, South Korea.
  • 1996Featured performer and instructor at the Sixteenth Annual International Festival of Contemporary Dance, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
  • 1996Featured performer at the Cal Arts Music Festival, California Institute of the Arts Valencia, California.
  • 1995Featured performer at the Forty-Ninth Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1994Featured performer and Artist in Residence at the Zeltspiele Music Festival, Freiburg, Germany.
  • 1993Composer and music director — theater production: Circus Beckett,American University, Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1991Composer and performer — Arabian Fantasy: multi-media stage show; San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 1989Composed and recorded original music for nationally broadcast TV documentary: Ramses the Great.

 

Selected Performance and Teaching Experience

  • 1983 – Present: Percussion Instructor and Accompanist — Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas.
  • 1990 – Present: Young Audiences — Percussion workshops and performances in schools, Juvenile Detention Centers, Half-Way Houses, etc.
  • 1986 – Present: Arts for People — Music therapy sessions at psychiatric facilities.
  • 2003: Master Class — Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, China
  • 2002: Master Class/Residency — Center for World Music. Bali, Indonesia
  • 2001: Master Class/Residency — Berklee World Percussion Festival. Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2000: Master Class — Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Dallas, Texas.
  • 1998: Master Class/Residency — International Guild of Musicians in Dance, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1996: Master Class/Residency — National Institute for the Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 1993: Master percussion class — University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
  • 1992: Master percussion class — Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1992: Master percussion classes and three week residency — American University of Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1991: Six-week residency — Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, Dallas, Texas; worked with hearing impaired students. Constructed and learned to play percussion instruments culminating in a performance at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  • 1988 – 1990: Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration: Music Around the World. Children’s program demonstrating musical instruments from various cultures.
  • 1980 – Present: Co-Founder, performer — “Beledi” Middle Eastern Jazz Ensemble; winner of 1989 Dallas Observed Award for Avant Garde, Experimental Music.
  • 1984 – Present: Percussionist — Celtic Stone — Austin based Irish music ensemble
  • 1988 – 1990: Co-Founder, performer — Flash to Bangtime; nominated 1990 Dallas Observer for Best New Act.
  • 1990 – Present: Young Audiences — Percussion workshops and performances in Dallas public schools, Juvenile Detention Centers, Half-Way Houses, etc.
  • 1989 – 1991: Percussionist — Cafe Noir; music performance ensemble; winner of 1989 and 1990 Dallas Observer Award for Best Jazz Group.
  • 1982 – 1989: Music Director, composer — African Dance Company; El Centro College, Dallas, Texas.

 

Selected Recorded Works