Teachers at the Old Town School

Ronnie Malley

Oud, Guitar, Hand Percussion

A Chicago native, Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist that has been performing for audiences since the age of thirteen. Ronnie began guitar lessons at an early age later moving on to piano, and Middle Eastern percussion. He is also self-taught on the Oud (Mid- Eastern lute). As a member of the family band with his father and brother, both percussionists, Ronnie’s stage experience began by performing at weddings, concerts, festivals and local Middle Eastern clubs with renowned artists such as Kazem Elsaher, Majdi Husseini, and Tony Hanna. Eventually touring throughout the US, the Middle East, and Europe, Ronnie expanded his ethno-musical palette to study, perform and record with Sufi and folk musicians from Senegal, Sudan, North Africa, India, Turkey as well as with Afro-Peruvian folk artists, Rodolfo Munoz and Miguel Ballermos. His more recent credits include principal musician and actor in the Lookingglass Theatre production of “Arabian Nights”, assistant music arranger and performer in the Goodman Theatre production of “Mirror of the Invisible World” and French FTS Production documentary,“Modou The Hang Player - One World Music”. Ronnie expresses a message of cultural awareness that “although we have many differences, music and art remain universal elements that help illuminate our commonalities.” Aside from teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music, he conducts Arabic music workshops for Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago’s Startalk camp, composes and records for various film projects, as well as performing and touring with music groups Lamajamal, Mucca Pazza, Duzan Ensemble and the U of C Middle Eastern Music Ensemble.

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2007

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