Mawwal is a spirited and beautiful trance-inducing acoustic/electric ensemble, performing both original music and arrangements of traditional Middle Eastern music. Long established on the New England club and festival circuit, Mawwal has been called a “new genre” by Progression Magazine.


Jim Matus studied guitar and composition at Berklee College of Music and privately with Pat Metheny and John Scofield. He is the creator of the world fusion bands Paranoise and Mawwal, which have won him critical praise internationally. He has worked in the studio with musicians Don Cherry, Anthony Jackson and Soft Machine's Hugh Hopper. He has produced many world music projects in his studio in Hadley, MA. ( “Jim Matus has taken the style that Peter Gabriel made so famous a few years back and taken it a step further…


PRIVATE POWER - 1999 (Ancient Records)
ISHQ - 2001 (Ancient Records)
BLACK FLIES - 2007 (Ancient Records)
This is all there is, There is no other place
-MAWWAL'S music has been played on College and independent radio throughout the world.

Set List

We typically do an hour set. We can play for up to 3hours of original music. Typical set:
This Is All There Is
Ho Gaye
Bela Sehida
Ya Leyl A'ah
Tara Torna
Haq Ali
Black Flies

Ya Gamar