The music ensemble Nawaris combines both traditional Iraqi music and original songs composed by the members of the band. The oud or Eastern lute, soprano saxophone, flute, violin, percussion, cello and occasional vocals intertwine, playing together, having a conversation and leaving spave for improvisation. The band is made up of five members:

Hussein Rassim, joueur de Oud

Hussein Rassim is a young Iraqi musician and player of the oud (Eastern lute), who studied at Iraq’s best music schools. Hussein is also a member of the band Solo Baghdad and Belgian band Arumbo (Catalonian music). In 2015 he recorded an album entitled Amerli with Refugees for Refugees, in partnership with MuziekPublique.

Juliette Lacroix, violoncelliste

Juliette Lacroix is a cellist, musician and educator and has always been involved in a variety of projects. Juliette studied at the Conservatory of Poitiers, Reims and Bordeaux and got her degree in 2009. Following her classical education, she has worked on different projects combining theatre, poetry, dance and drawing. She brings her experience of mediaeval, Balkan and Latino music into her classical projects (Duo Conversation, Symophonic Orchestra of Gironde), contemporary projects (Ensemble Un), jazz (L’nude, Reg), electronic music (Bunk) and folk music (Moonshine Fish). She adds a classical touch and an acoustic structure to Nawaris.

Manuel Hermia, amoureux de la Bansuri

Manuel Hermia is an improviser, composer and explorer of world music with a patent love for both the saxophone and the bansuri. In addition to studying the saxophone and jazz harmony at the conservatory, he learned to play the bansuri, a bamboo flute from Northern India. He has also studied Indian and Arabic music.


Saif Al Qaisi, joueur de percussion et chanteur

Saif Al Qaisi is a young musician from Iraq. He plays percussion and sings with a versatile and melodic voice. Saif worked as a musician in Syria for 4 years. In 2015, he fled the conflicts in the Middle East and arrived in Belgium. He met Hussein Rassim during a concert and they started playing music together. He collaborated with Hussein

on the recording of a demo CD entitled Migration in July 2016. Since then, they have played several concerts as a duo, and with other musicians, playing traditional Iraqi music, and are now working together in Nawaris

Ersoj Kazimov, Percussionniste de Kocani (Macedoine),Ersoj a commencé à l’âge de 9 ans
par accompagner les grands solistes des Balkans comme Marko
Markovic(trompette) ; Amza Tairov (claviers) ; Ceko Demirov (clarinettiste de
Kocani Orkestar)… Avec Barthalo Band forme en 2003 par Vinko Stepanov
(accordeoniste de Kocani Orkestar), il enflamme les plus grands festivals de
France comme les Orientales, le Grand Soufflet, Les mondes Croises, Les
Nuits Metis, Musiques Metisses… C’est lors d’une de ces tournées que Tosha
Vukmirovic (clarinettiste de Slonovski Bal) le remarque et lui propose de jouer
sur l’album « Djumbus » enregistre en 2005 dans le studio de Shantel à
Frankfort. Depuis 2007, Ersoj vit en France et intègre plusieurs formations: Slonovski Bal
Perrine Fifadji, Band of Gypsies: Taraf de Haidouk / kocani orkestar, Didier Ballan Jazz Ensemble
Balkan Kartet, Diwanimi, FORÓ de Balkao, Yashaa , Orient Mon Amour (Bratch, Kamilya Jubran)
Bojan Z, Dhikr : spectacle de danse de Sohrab Chitan, Trio Joubran, Peuple Etincelle avec François, Corneloup, Rona Hartner et dj Tagada, Nawaris, Invité sur le album de Debout sur le Zinc.