Ronnie Malley

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Ronnie Malley combines multiple global music traditions—Arab, Turkish, Balkan, South Asian—with his American jazz and rock roots to create a sound celebration that has led him to a diverse career. Born and raised in Chicago, he began his musical journey playing in American and Middle Eastern rock bands and traditional ensembles.

He developed a talent for performance and musical direction that led to appearances in seminal productions at several national theaters including The Guthrie in Minnesota, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Chicago’s acclaimed Goodman Theater. Ronnie has collaborated with major international world-music stars, including Afro-Peruvian folk legends Rodolfo Munoz and Miguel Ballermos, renowned Polish classical and jazz artist Grazyna Auguscik, Senegalese artist and poet Modou Gaye, and many notable performers from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Ronnie also composes scores and original songs for multiple film and theater projects, teaches Near Eastern folk and classical music at Old Town School of Folk Music and the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and tours internationally as a performer with Allos Musica, Lamajamal, Mucca Pazza, Duzan Ensemble, and as a member of the University of Chicago Middle Eastern Music Ensemble.

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Ronnie Malley
Ronnie Malley
Ronnie Malley playing the oud. Photo by Antar Hanif.
Ronnie Malley playing the oud. Photo by Antar Hanif.
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