These are the places that shape Lety’s compositions, woodwind playing, and writing.
She was born in 1990 and raised by immigrants near Philadelphia where she studied Jazz and Classical music. After moving to New York, curiosity about Latin and Arab styles drove her toward international collaborations. Inspired by traditional traditional genres and modern sounds, she composes and breathes a new globally influenced style through saxophones, clarinet, flute and nay.
Her main musical outlet is via Out Of Nations where she composes, arranges, and performs on woodwind instruments.
She is also fortunate to have performed and recorded as a sideman in:
nyc with MAKU Soundystem, Bella Gaia, the New York Arabic Orchestra, and the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble.
beirut with Ziad Rahbani, Tania Saleh, and Jad Nasr
cairo & alexandria with Fathy Salama, Ghalia Benali, Ahmed Nazmi, Maktoub, Hazem Shaheen, Abdallah Abozekry, Ahmed Omran, Furat Qaddouri
berlin.UAE.istanbul.bogotá with Yukazu, Ilham Madfai, Lena Chamamyan, MAKU Soundsystem…
BA (2008-2011) in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies at Columbia University
Fulbright Fellowship: Nay Performance in Classical and Folkloric Egyptian Musical Contexts (2012-2013)
MA in Global History at Freie and Humboldt Universities in Berlin (2015-2018)
Dissertation: The United Nations‘ Declaration of Human Right to Nationality: Development and Implication
general research interests: human rights, nationalism, mobility, migration, europe/mideast/their intersections, arts/entertainment/media & their production