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Trio Arabica (also known as Al Qahwa Ensemble) features Maryem Tollar on vocals, qanun, and percussion; Demetri Petsalakis on oud; and Naghmeh Farahmand on percussion. They perform traditional songs from Arabic classical and popular repertoire, including folk songs from Syria, Egypt, and Iraq, and songs from the Muwashah tradition, where devotional poetry is set to exquisite melodies and hypnotic rhythms which Maryem learned in Aleppo, Syria.