Alwan have performed at the Cygnet folk festival, National Folk Festival, the opening of “Imagining the Orient” touring exhibition, supported Mercan Dede, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Vic Market Night Market , Maha restaurant and other events.
Yuval Ashkar trained with oud master Yair Dalal and has performed with sublime Ladino singer Yasmin Levi. He moved to Australia 6 years ago and recently moved to Melbourne from Byron Bay. Yuval has played in many festivals around Australia with great musicians including Cleis Pearce, Greg Sheehan, Tunji Beier, Kurdish Earth and more.
Phil Carroll has recently returned from living in Turkey where he studied ney and worked as a musician in weddings, cafes and sufi ceremonies. He was leader of the Melbourne middle-eastern band Yalla! for 10 years.
Matt Stonehouse (The Reefers, Unified Gecko, Fingers of Fury) has worked extensively throughout Melbourne to great acclaim in a variety of percussive styles .He studied drumming overseas in Turkey and Iran.