"Stunning new music". Jazz FM.
Alya Marquardt, releases her first album with her New York-based ensemble Shamash. A unique project fusing Iraqi folk music, contemporary jazz, human beatbox, improvisation and Arabic maqam.
All profits from album sales go to welfare and education projects in Iraq.
Alya Marquardt is a singer, song-writer and pianist. Originally from Iraq and brought up in Tottenham, London, her music is infused with influences from Iraqi folk song to jazz, hip hop and electronica.