The ensemble's first CD called "Beyond Our Shores" is now available.



The Light Of East Ensemble is an instrumental group based in London, Ontario. The band performs music from the Near and Middle East, including traditional, folk, classical Arabic, Greek Rembetika, and modern urban music of the 20th century from regions such as Armenia, Greece (Asia Minor - Smyrni, and Konstantinoupoli), Turkey, and other Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Syria. The band also performs Sephardic Music.

The music may not be what Western listeners grew up hearing, but the rhythms and melodies are instantly captivating and listeners are quickly drawn into the intensity of the music. For people of Near East and Middle East descent, the music becomes a vehicle for a nostalgic journey back to their home country as they experience melodies and rhythms they may not have heard in a live performance for many years. Every show finds such audience members expressing their delight in hearing the ensemble play popular pieces from their homeland.

The Light of East Ensemble has appeared in various venues in Southwestern Ontario. Past appearances include performances at the Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, TD Canada Trust Sunfest, Sunfest World Music and Jazz Series 2009 - 2010, Home County Folk Festival, Mill Race Folk Festval, Stratford Summer Music Festival, Museum London, War Memorial Hall, Innes Town Hall, and the River Run Centre. Light of East also performs educational concerts for schools.

The Light of East Ensemble was nominated for both a Jack Richardson Music Award and a London Music Award in 2008 and 2011

The musicians in Light of East come from different musical backgrounds and experiences but all share a love for the music. Their passion for the exotic sounds of the music they create is immediately apparent to the listener. CBC’s “In Town and Out”, “Bandwidth”, and “The Bridge”, have broadcast their music.





CD Review
The Beat takes a sneak peek at 
                         Beyond Our Shores
                    ****/4 more...

By Nicole Laidler  - The Beat Magazine




2009 rawked!
OCAL MUSIC: The year in review

By James Reaney
- T
he London Free Press
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara (Sunfest). Runners-up: Light of East (Sunfest and Aeolian Hall), Eccodek (Sunfest), Abesha (Night at the Boma II).  more...






   Oud, Bouzouki, Baglama, Tzoura

   Darbuka, Frame Drum, Drum Set
   Contra Bass, Electric Bass

   Extended Family



The Light of East Ensemble
are the winners of the

2013 Jack Richardson Music Award,
2013 London Music Award
in the category of World Music


The Light of East Ensemble
are the winners of the
Jack Richardson Music Award
in the category of World Music




   The Light of East Ensemble would like
    to thank the London Arts Council 
    for its financial support for this recording.


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