Ali Omar El-Farouk is an active Egyptian/Canadian guitar/oud player based out of Montreal and Cairo. His versatile musical vocabulary is a result of his privileged exposure to both western and eastern cultures. He spent years studying jazz as well as classical Arabic music, always seeking to find common ground where both cultures meet and complement one another. He has worked in jazz groups, rock/blues/pop bands, all the way to Middle Eastern and flamenco ensembles. His performances include the Festival Du Monde Arabe, Festival Nuits D’Afrique, Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques Festival, and Festival Sefarad in Montreal as well as the Cairo Jazz Festival and the Jazz Mania Festival in Cairo. Ali’s first album ‘Ela Mataa?’ was released in January 2019.