- Alyson E. Jones
(b Aley, Lebanon, 1941). American musician and nāy [end-blown reed flute] maker of Lebanese birth. After studying nāy at the Lebanese Conservatory with Naim Bitar, he moved to Beirut and toured throughout the Middle East with Lebanon’s most popular folk troupe. He first came to the United States in 1970 as a member of Lebanese singer Samira Tawfik’s music ensemble. Dlaikan then worked as a musician in New York until he eventually settled in Detroit, home to one of the largest Arab American communities in the United States.
Dlaikan has been lauded as a highly skilled performer of the nāy and other Arab reed instruments such as the mijwiz [double clarinet]. As a leading member of Arab music ensembles in Detroit, he frequently performs at the Detroit Institute of Arts and at Arab weddings and celebrations. Dlaikan has often been invited to introduce new audiences to traditional Arab music, including engagements at the Library of Congress in ...