‘SAMAR’ a group of musicians who share their passion for playing and meeting each other through music.
The idea started with oud/arabic lute player Amer Shanati and percussion player Karim Darwish sharing a dream to create a new musical sound with the combination of oriental music and other musical styles.
Karim and Amer met contrabass player Martijn Willemsen who loved the idea and joined the group with big excitement.
The project started with the trio until they encountered singer and pianist Stephanie Ruijsenaars. After playing together, she happily joined the group, fulfilling the group charm.
We are a family speaking one global language and working together to create music that touches people’s hearts.