Upcoming Shows

March 3, 2018
Tompkins County Public Library
Coming Soon
March 3, 2018
Lincoln Hall
Coming Soon
March 10, 2018
First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Coming Soon
March 16, 2018
SUNY Cortland, NY
Coming Soon
March 22, 2018
The Sahara Lounge
Coming Soon

In The Works

Preparations for our 2018 Fall Tour in Texas are underway!

March 23rd
Houston Arab-American Cultural Community Center

March 24 ,25
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Please contact us if you’re in the area and would like to have Journey West perform!


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Journey West is proud to help sponsor Nael Karam as part of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music Education Program in Palestine.

Faris is a 14-year old talented Qanun student. He is currently on his 4th level. He has shown commitment and he worked hard since he joined the conservatory in 2011 to develop his music skills. Faris now participates in the weekly concerts and the Conservatory concerts, festivals and events. He is pursuing his music education with passion. He is planning to finish the eighth level to graduate with the intermediary certificate which qualifies him to pursue higher music education in the future. He looks forward to participate in regional and international music concerts and events.

What Others Are Saying

The mission of Journey West’s educational program is to celebrate diversity while providing an exciting experience for our audiences. In addition, 5% of our income is donated to the UNHCR and Foundation Baremboim Said to help migrants and the disadvantaged.

“Journey West presented an extremely engaging and informative performance at SUNY Oneonta, as part of one of our regular concert series. The audience, ranging from townspeople to students with widely divergent musical backgrounds, was uniformly and greatly moved and energized by what they heard. I would give my highest recommendation to any organization interested in presenting a lively, virtuosic and entertaining evening of music.” —Ben Aldridge, Lecturer in Music – SUNY Oneonta

“I don’t know how to thank you enough for the concert. It was wonderful and inspiring and joyous and I learned a lot! We must bring you back again! Please convey my thanks and appreciation to all of the musicians – I very much enjoyed meeting them and getting to know them a little bit. I’ve received a number of thank you notes from people who came to the concert, and the students I’ve spoken to also really enjoyed it. It felt like all of us in Hockett became members of one community through listening and participating in the concert (clapping and snapping our fingers) – we were not just an audience, but part of the performance. ” —Rebecca Lesses, Associate Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Ithaca College

“We engaged Journey West for a performance at our Endless Mountain Music Festival. It was sold-out because people were curious about what all the fuss was about. The event was spellbinding and the 10 minute standing ovation gave testament to the enthusiasm that this wonderful group generated. ” —Dr. Stephen Gunzenhauser, Artistic Director, Endless Mountain Music Festival

“The students in my course on Music as Activism were terribly touched by both Imad’s personal testimony, as well as the overall musicality of Journey West. One student reacted to the situation in Iraq with disdain, bemoaning that Imad “just wants to play his fiddle,” while another joyously shared that he “Had never heard music like this before.” Students in my ensemble continue to rave about our percussion workshop with Martin and the experience performing live with such a talented group. Hosting a mini-residency seems to have had even greater impact than a concert alone, so we truly appreciate the time and effort of everyone to make this happen.” —Jennifer Milioto Matsue, Ph.D., Director of the World Musics and Cultures Program, Professor, Departments of Music, Asian Studies, and Anthropology, Union College

“Journey West played with energy and warmth. Their concert really did feel like a journey, a sonic invitation through time and space. And it was great for our students and community to have an opportunity to rehearse and play with them; they made everyone feel welcome, regardless of ability.” —David Henderson – Chair of the Music Department, St. Lawrence University, Editor for the Journal Ethnomusicology

Journey West has appeared at many academic institutions, including: Cornell University, SUNY Oneonta, Wells College, Elmira College, St. Lawrence University, Alfred University, Union College and the Stedelijke Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans – Herentals, Belgium.

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