The prolific Sam Shalabi is a composer and guitar and oud player whose musical output spans jazz and free improvisation to psychedelic avant-rock.
Among the most ambitious of his many projects is his Land Of Kush ensemble, which involved over 30 musicians and two dozen different instruments—strings, horns, woodwinds, multiple percussionists, bassists, guitarists, and vocalists, synths, and traditional Arabic music instruments of darbouka and oud. The group's recorded output was released on Montreal label Constellation Records, also home to fellow CTM 2016 act Jerusalem in My Heart. Shalabi also founded Shalabi Effect, an improv ensemble mixing psych-rock guitar with oud, tabla, drone and electronics. The quartet released an album on Lebanese label Annihaya in 2012, and a follow-up is expected soon. For CTM – New Geographies, he performs with Maurice Louca and Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop as Dwarfs of East Agouza.