Joseph Tawadros is an Australian oud virtuoso of Coptic heritage. This album comes from 2010, and is an instrumental masterpiece.
The Faran Ensemble are a rather spectacular World Music group out of Israel, taking elements of the music of their neighbors. They are a band to watch out for in the coming years.
A gorgeous fusion of North African folk, jazz and traditional music by Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem, recoding here for ECM Records.
Leave it to Miguel Santos of LIFEM to introduce the world to one of the most amazing acts I’ve heard in some time. Olcay Bayır is a Kurdish singer who hails from Turkey. Nizar Rohana plays the oud, and comes from Palestine. They make a formidable duo.