The Qadim Ensemble consists of musicians from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Arabic and Persian traditions, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region’s cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them.

“Qadim” is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning “ancient,” In both languages a variation of the word means, “that which will come.”

The Qadim Ensemble embodies the ability to rise above the political conflicts that plague the Middle East.  Through their shared love and dedication to music, they are able to unify in their message of peace and brotherhood.  Acclaimed for their passionate performances, they have attracted a growing global audience who are responding to their authentic musicianship and timely message.


Eliyahu Sills and The Qadim Ensemble offer workshops, master classes, Q&A sessions, and residencies for musicians, music students, and people interested in cross-cultural understanding and building peaceful dialogue through musical and historical education.

Cultural, Musical & Religious Heritages of the Middle East: Developing cross-cultural understanding and creating dialogue

Gain an understanding of the historical, cultural, and religious foundations of the many kinds of music of the Middle East. Explore how this knowledge can create more positive interactions and dialogue among people of different backgrounds, such as Muslims, Christians, Jews, Arabs, Iranians, Israelis and Palestinians.

Cross-cultural Middle Eastern music workshops

Music of the many cultural, religious, and ethnic peoples of the Middle East: Lecture –Demonstration, and hands on music instruction.

Learn about the music of the Muslims, Christians,  Jews, Arabs, Persians, Turks, Armenians, Greeks, and Sufis and their cross-fertilization, and interactions throughout history.

Although many of the students in our audience may not have known what to expect from Qadim Ensemble, it was amazing to witness how quickly they became engaged with the ensemble’s music. The musicians did a wonderful job conveying the message that, despite the various cultural and religious differences of those from the Middle East, music can truly be a unifying form of expression.

Kelly Ann RyanAssistant Director, Student Affairs & Office of Campus Life/Penn State Berks

Beautifully presented, the players bring superb musicianship and palpable enthusiasm to each performance. . . creating a sense of human communication with the divine.

All Things Considered, NPR

The Jewish and Arabic musicians who comprise this eclectic world-music ensemble show the power of unity.

The Boston Globe

Listeners are deeply moved.

Jewish Telegraph, London

Visionary . . . achingly beautiful . . .

San Francisco Chronicle