Al 'Azifoon (The Musicians) Yosifah Rose's Avci qanun, 2014.

Middle Eastern Classics

The Musicians of
Al 'Azifoon

Al 'Azifoon is an Arabic “Taht” -- a chamber group specializing in classical and traditional Arabic music.
“Al 'Azifoon" in Arabic is a plural noun which literally means “The Instrumentalists

Al 'Azifoon is now on Facebook and YouTube!

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Yosifah Rose

~ Nathan Craver ~ Paul Ohanesian ~ Collaborations with Helm Music ~ Guest Percussionists

Yosifah Rose

Yosifah Rose, qanun, percussion, and voice, is a unique and highly talented professional musician and educator. Yosifah's lifelong passion has been music and language studies, and she has a deep love and appreciation of both Arabic and Western music.

Yosifah and her husband Nathan met as musicians, and they have explored many musical styles in bands together since 1986. Through Nathan's love of Americana roots music, folk/rock, and blues their first musical collaborations together resulted in their original folk-rock band Lost Prophets as well as their currently active Americana roots band Indigo Caravan. However, Yosifah's true musical love and inspiration has always been much further Arabic music. Therefore, in 2000, she encouraged her multi-instrumentalist husband Nathan to study Arabic music with her and their studies, travels, and further musical collaborations lead to the founding of Al'Azifoon... the realization of Yosifah's lifetime dream to share the beauty and richness of Arabic music with Western audiences as well as giving educational presentations about Arabic music in schools and public libraries. In addition to performing with her bands Indigo Caravan and Al 'Azifoon, Yosifah sings and plays qanun as an active member of the highly respected of Zawaya's musical ensembles: Aswat Ensemble, Aswat Sacred Ensemble, and the Aswat Women's Ensemble.

Yosifah Rose

Yosifah has long been inspired by the artists of the golden era of Egyptian cinema, especially by artists such as Om Koulthoum,Mohammed Abdul Wahab, Asmahan, Farid El-Atrache, Abdel Halim Hafez, Faiza Ahmed, Fairuz, Sabah, Sabah Fakhri, and others and she enjoys singing and playing their music with Al 'Azifoon. Please visit Yosifah's YouTube Channel and explore her collection of Classical Arabic musical links at for further information about artists that have inspired and influenced Yosifah's musical path.

Yosifah Rose Yosifah Rose, Al 'Azifoon performing for a Moroccan-themed event 2012, San Francisco, CA

Yosifah has studied Classical Arabic music (history, theory, repertoire, maqams, and rhythms) with Bay Area master musicans such as Maestro Fathi Aljarrah, Elias Lammam, Mary Ellen Donald, Fadil Shahin, and Laurie Eisler. She continues her studies both as a member of the prestigious Aswat Ensemble, and through her own research both through analyzing old audio recordings and through research and study of published dissertations and other scholarly work. Additionally, she continues to study the Arabic language (Al Fusha/Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, and Colloquial Dialects (Egyptian and Levantine) in formal classrooms and with private tutors in the Bay Area to enhance her past studies in Cairo, Egypt. Yosifah enjoys researching, studying, and arranging musical material to enhance Al'Azifoon's repertoire, and considers herself a dedicated lifetime student of Arabic music, language, and culture. In addition, she holds a Master's Degree and a California teaching credential in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Yosifah Rose playing qanun on a quiet evening at home
Yosifah Rose

Yosifah Rose believes that music and the fine arts have a unique ability to help diverse people to acknowledge each other with mutual respect and appreciation, and she is committed to studying and sharing her love of the Arabic arts and music, Insha'Allah, to promote cross-cultural appreciation and peace. In December 2010, she founded a website dedicated helping English-speakers who are interested in learning Arabic as a foreign language. The www.arabic-learners.comwebsite provides links to free online lessons and other online resources as well as recommending helpful books and materials for studying Arabic.

Yosifah Rose presents the monthly Dancer's Night Shows at El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill featuring live music by her band Al'Azifoon and guest Raqs Sharqi artists from all over the greater Bay Area. Yosifah was interviewed by Scott Belding of ARTBEAT Video Magazine in late 2010 in a feature about Al 'Azifoon and El Morocco Dancers' Nights. Additionally, her band Al 'Azifoon performs live Arabic music at Middle Eastern-themed festivals, family-friendly parties, corporate parties, and cultural-themed community events.

Yosifah Rose, studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt, 2006

Yosifah Rose serves as Al 'Azifoon's booking manager, and her goal is to make sure that Al 'Azifoon's performance truly enhances a client's event.

Yosifah Rose and Nathan interview for Al 'Azifoon profile by Contra Costa Times 2011

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Above photos by Scott Belding, Carl F. Sermon, Khalilah Samah, and Nathan Craver

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