duoJalal, like the marriage between Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick, represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. The unique collaboration of a classical violist and world percussionist, duoJalal captures disparate worlds merging. From Classical to Klezmer, Middle Eastern to Jazz, this skillful confluence is natural, exploratory and satisfying. A classically trained violist from Australia, Kathryn ignites the instrument with her passion - one minute embodying a gypsy violinist, the next a Middle Eastern reed flutist. Yousif, of Lebanese descent, manipulates sound by simply snapping his fingers at the edge of an Egyptian frame drum or dragging his foot across the Peruvian cajon. Listening to their music, it's evident that both members of the ensemble understand the essence of these genres and their distinctions. Kathryn studied Arab music, was coached by David Krakauer on the Klezmer style and by Derek Bermel on the music from Thrace (a historical region of Eastern Europe in parts of Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria). Yousif studied classical percussion throughout college and went on to study and specialize in music from the Middle East, India, West Africa and Brazil.
duoJalal released their first CD “A Different World” in 2011 to critical acclaim. The diverse repertoire on “A Different World” evolved in various
ways; through casual conversations over dinner, and coincidental reunions in unexpected places. duoJalal met Brooklyn composer Kenji Bunch at a dinner party in Manhattan, Yousif ran into Philip Glass at a music festival in Telluride CO, Kathryn met John Patitucci at a chamber music concert in the neighboring town of Bronxville, NY. With the exception of the Italian Mr. Rao Camemi (who Yousif met in NYC), all the composers are New York based and friends and colleagues of the duo. The result is a stunning testament to the vibrant multicultural fabric of the city of to the artistry of duoJalal.
Also known for their outstanding teaching skills, duoJalal offers masterclasses and clinics for string soloists and ensembles as well as world drumming to both children and adults.
duoJalal’s name is inspired by the 13th century poet Jalal Rumi, whose visions, words, and life teach the world how to reach inner peace and happiness and the importance of people of all religions and backgrounds living together in peace and harmony.