Karloma is a trial of musical outlooks. Its members belong to different musical cultures, but meet spiritually in Palestine , the place of our beginning and a country of such magnetism that we all find ourselves inextricably tied to it, no matter where we are in the world. Our first CD, Karloma, was a combination of original compositions by Ahmad Al-Khatib, and pieces taken from the repertoire of classical Arabic music, but with the ethos of Karloma running like a thread throughout. Twisting and turning, delicate calligraphic ornamentation and improvised moments of truth arise from solid musical ideas and forms. These days we continue to find voice and inspiration in the older repertoire, but we are focusing more and more on playing original pieces by members of the group.