Michael Joseph Burdi, Founder of Baharat Band, is a multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn, New York.
Michael discovered the Middle Eastern lute (or oud) in 2012. Being of maternal Syrian descent, the Arabic oud quickly became his instrument of choice. While traveling to Morocco, Brazil and India he was infused to create music inspired by various cultures while rooted in Middle eastern modes (or Maqams).
After studying the oud and developing a repertoire of traditional music, Michael began composing original music and formed the Baharat Band in 2014; releasing the debut album Mosaics in June 2016.
Michael performs original music with his Baharat Band as well as other groups and ensembles, in concerts across the United States as well as abroad in Canada, Egypt and Japan.
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