Naseem Alatrash

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Naseem Alatrash
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Naseem Alatrash (2019)
Background information
Born (1991-10-04) October 4, 1991 (age 30)
GenresClassical, Jazz and World Music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
Years active2013-present
Associated actsRivers of Sound Orchestra, The Four Corners Quartet, Global Messengers

Naseem Alatrash is a Palestinian cellist[1], composer, and music producer. He is best known for arranging "Rahsoul Say-arah", a cover of the Beatle's song "Drive My Car", which celebrated the lifting of the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia.[2][3]

Naseem's performances include a mix of improvisation and traditional melodies, with a focus on traditional Arabic music[4], with influences from jazz and contemporary style.[5] He has performed at international jazz festivals and venues such as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Royal Opera of Oman.[5] Alatrash has been awarded ìString Player of the Yearî twice from The National Music Competition of Palestine.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Alatrash studied at The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine. He has both a Bachelor of Music and Masterís of Music in Cello Performance from the Berklee College of Music where he received a merit-based scholarship to attend.[5]


Alatrash performed in an ensemble ìGlobal Messengersî with pianist Danilo Pérez in the United States[7] and Panama.[8]

In 2018, Alatrash toured with Amir ElSaffarís Rivers of Sound ensemble as the cellist.[9]

In 2018, with singer Nano Raies, the Arabic style cover of ìDrive My Carî was produced with an ìAarabic Maqam (musical mode) treatmentî.[10]


  • Amir ElSaffarís Rivers of Sound Orchestra - "Not Two" (Album) (Cellist)[11]
  • The Four Corners Quartet - ìShock and Aweî (EP) (Cellist)[12]


  1. "Naseem Alatrash | Berklee College of Music". Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  2. Werman, Marco (2018-06-26). "This cover of The Beatles' 'Drive My Car' celebrates Saudi women's new right to drive". Public Radio International. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  3. "ëHabibi I can drive my carí: Beatlesí classic cover celebrates Saudi women driving". RT International. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  4. Deneen, Nancy (2017-10-02). "In Studio A with Naseem Alatrash and Crispin Campbell". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Naseem Alatrash". This Week in Palestine. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  6. "Amir ElSaffarís Rivers of Sound Orchestra" (PDF). University of Michigan Musical Society. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  7. "12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend". The New York Times. 2019-08-22. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  8. SolÌs, Alma (12 January 2019). "Danilo PÈrez estrenar· Global Messengers en el Festival de Jazz". SNIP - Sistema de Noticias Internacional de Panam· (in español). Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  9. Reich, Howard. "DePaul grad Amir ElSaffar leads profound concert at Symphony Center". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  10. Saeed, Saeed (22 August 2019). "Nano Raies and Naseem Alatrash on their Arabic cover of 'Drive My Car'". The National. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  11. "Rivers Of Sound | Amir ElSaffar". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  12. Dupiree, Camille. "Musicians bring ëfour corners of worldí in quartet". The Jordan Times. Retrieved 8 September 2019.

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