“Fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures” —Toronto Star

duoJalal’s performance at MIT focuses on work from their latest album, The Rumi Experience—designed to cultivate “sama,” or deep listening—combining Rumi’s poetry with commissioned works by composers Evan Ziporyn and Lev Zhurbin. The Rumi Experience premiered at the Williams Center in Easton, PA and included a new work composed by Evan Ziporyn and coupled spoken Rumi poetry with each work.


The 2016-17 MIT Sounding Series is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

duoJalal’s diverse and stunning artistry captures the spirit of our global society. Duo partners Kathryn Lockwood (viola) and Yousif Sheronick (percussion) “are fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures” (Toronto Star). From their chamber music foundation, duoJalal skillfully moves from Classical to Klezmer, Middle Eastern to Jazz. Taking its name from 13th-century poet, Jalal a din Rumi, whose visions and words brought together people of different religions, cultures and races, duoJalal promotes a stimulating inter‐cultural experience.

For the past seven years, duoJalal has performed throughout the United States, Australia and Brazil, regularly performing world premieres of works composed or arranged for the group by Philip Glass, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, David Krakauer and Giovanni Sollima.

Lockwood and Sheronick also collaborate with piano trio and dancers, and they offer masterclasses and clinics for string soloists and ensembles, as well as world drumming. Recent masterclasses were held at Manhattan School of Music, New York University and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention.

duoJalal’s first CD, A Different World (Innova Recordings), is hailed by critics as an “exhilarating sonic and somewhat mystical experience” (Jordon Times). The Toronto Star exclaims, “If this is what the world music’s future holds, bring on the party.”


More on the artist’s website: duoJalal


Public Events

Composer Forum
Thursday, February 23, 2017 / 5:00-6:00pm
Lewis Music Library, 14E-109

Free and open to the public


The Rumi Experience
Thursday, February 23, 2017 / 8:00pm
MIT Killian Hall, 14W-111
160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Free and open to the public
No registration necessary

A project that centers around the work of 13th century poet and mystic Jalal a‐din Rumi, The Rumi Experience is the latest album from duoJalal. Coupled with spoken poetry of Rumi, duoJalal performs works by today’s leading composers including works commissioned for the project by Evan Ziporyn and Lev Zhurbin. In the spirit of “sama”, a deep listening to music and poetry, the audience will experience the true spirit of Rumi.

Toronto Star: Duo Jalal bring the world into the mix

Drum Magazine: Yousif Sheronick: At The Corner Of The World

Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Professor of Music at MIT and Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

duoJalal. Courtesy of the artists.
duoJalal. Courtesy of the artists.