Talented young Oud player and singer Aliya Cycon was born and raised in America, but her music suggests otherwise. Singing in Arabic, Spanish and English, while showcasing her unique and impressive Oud playing, Aliya shares her curiosity for the world through her original compositions and cross-cultural arrangements. She has performed at the Nobel Business For Peace Awards in Oslo, and toured internationally as a “Cultural Ambassador” for the US State Department, selling out a 1,000-seat amphitheater in Amman, performing in Tunisian music festivals, and giving workshops and concerts in Kuwait. Notable collaborations include Jordanian music stars Tareq Jundi and Nasser Salameh, Tunisian icon Zied Gharsa, and LA-based pop singer Naïka. Aliya is a proud endorser of Godin Guitars, La Bella Strings, and Avid Technology.
Her diverse discography includes the small-ensemble and traditional "We Will Be Light" (2015) , the large orchestral-fusion album "Prayer" (2017) and an upbeat Mediterranean fusion EP called "Aliya and The New Andalus" (2019). Her latest singles are
"Breath: Psalm 150" (released in May 2021) and "You Are Loved" (released February 2022). The latter is a collaboration with the popular Tunisian brother-sister duo Selim and Noor Arjoun.
Aliya currently resides in Valencia, Spain with her trumpet virtuoso husband, Timotej Kotnik.
All of Aliya's music is available to be purchased on Amazon (here) or streamed on Spotify (here and here)
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