Biography

BILAL IRSHED is a Palestinian oud virtuoso and music composer who is currently residing in Denmark. He is recognised for having his own and unique interpretation of Middle Eastern music, as well as an elegant style of playing the oud. Bilal is further known for his own band, Bilal’s Trio, as well as other ensembles and projects. In 2014 Bilal was mentoring the project ‘Grænseløs’ with Jazz Denmark and he acts as the band leader for ‘Bilal Irshed and Global Tunes.

Bilal was born and raised on the village of Daboryya in the northern Galilee. At the age of 13 he started playing the Oud and after finishing high school he moved to Jerusalem to study music, here he specialized in the Oud at the Academy for Music and Dance. He joined the Arabic music orchestra of Nazareth in 2002, who he toured and performed with at many international venues and music Festivals in Europe.

In 2006 he moved to Zanzibar where he worked as music teacher and artistic director at the Dhow Countries Music Academy. He then moved to Denmark in 2008 where he since has developed a very successful music career.

In 2011 Bilal released two albums: ‘Compositions` with Bilal´s Trio and `The Fifth String´ with the Fifth String Ensemble. In 2015 he released two more albums `Chronotope` with Bilal Irshed Trio and `Ineffable` with Bilal Irshed & Global Tunes.