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Nebal Maysaud

Composer. Scholar. Poet.


Nebal is a composer, poet, and scholar who creates music that bridges an interest in spirituality, philosophy, and cross-cultural dialogue as evidenced by his collaborations in dance, art, and poetry. He is inspired by his Lebanese heritage and the deep connection between his home country and the diaspora. He is a recipient of the Kim Allen Kluge Award for Young Composers, the Nathan M. Pusey Alumni Award, the James Ming Prize in Composition, and the Fromm Fellow Scholarship. He studied and has received mentorship from Mark Camphouse, Rob Deemer, Joanne Metcalf, Asha Srinivasan, Andrew Cole, Dirk D’Ase, inti figgis-vizueta, Alex Temple, Annika Socolfsky, Sami Abu-Shumays, among many others.

A musical diplomat, his work has been performed internationally at venues such as the US Embassy of Finland, Sibelius Akademie (FL), Cambridge Minerva Festival (UK), Vancouver Art Song Lab (CD), and across the US. He collaborated with choreographers Nadia Khayrallah, and Whitney Janis, esteemed poets including Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and Mariam Bazeed. In addition, his music has been performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Dodge Symphony, Versoi Ensemble (FL), Trio Immersio (AT), Fifth House, Kin of the Moon, Strange Interlude, Deux Saisons, InfraSound, Great Noise Ensemble, the Lawrence University Opera Department and Wind Ensemble, the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble, among others.

He has written articles for NewMusicBox and I Care if You Listen and has been featured as a guest on several podcasts including Trilloquy, and the Queer Arabs. Additionally, he participated in several panels by the American Composers Orchestra, APAP, and YallaPunk.

Nebal also has a strong background in religious studies, philosophy, and Arabic maqam. He pioneered a contrapuntal system for Arabic Maqam called musiqa tabaqat, bringing ancient knowledge from Sufism, Neo-Platonism, Islamic numerology, and other ancient musical practices to the modern day. 

Outside of music, Nebal works with inter-faith communities in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York to foster greater support for Arabs, Muslims, immigrants, and their diaspora.


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