Bustan Abraham Quartet brings together four prominent world music performers.Their unique music draws equally on Western and Middle Eastern classical traditions as well as jazz and Latin music influences to create a stunningly original world of sounds. First major Arab and Jewish musical collaboration, Bustan Abraham, through mastery and innovative synthesis of the music of the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, revolutionized the world music scene in the early 90's and made a great impact on audiences worldwide. Their groundbreaking new musical idiom inspired musicians from different genres and has created a path for many other world music ensembles to follow. Apart from the musical aspects which have been always the only important issue for members of Bustan Abraham, many people around the globe considered the band to be an example of true co-existence between Arab and Jews from Israel.
The ensemble brought a fresh voice from Israel to the world stage as it toured widely, collaborated with world renowned artists and released seven albums from 1992 to 2003. Collaborations included artists such as Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ross Daly, Noa, Socrates Sinopolous, Omar Farouk Tekbilek, Mikhalis Nikoloudis and Keivan Chimirani, among others. In 2003 the band members decided to go in different musical paths in pursue of individual development, yet continued to collaborate in a variety of projects.
In 2012,Bustan Abraham founding members, percussionist Zohar Fresco, Oud player and violinist Taiseer Elias and flutist Amir Milstein, joined by Bassist Haggai Cohen Milo, have reunited to continue their fascinating musical journey , combining a variety of musical concepts and sounds, and bridging between cultures.
The band's story is featured in the book: "Playing Across a Divide - Israeli- Palestinian Musical Encounters" by Professor Benjamin Brinner (Oxford University Press, 2009).