Get to Know the Faces behind Music Without Borders
Get to know the inspiring individuals who are driving our mission forward at Music Without Borders. Our team of passionate volunteers, dedicated staff, and talented artists are committed to promoting unity and cultural understanding through the transformative power of music. Learn more about their stories, experiences, and contributions to our non-profit organization
Gaby Al Botros
Gaby Al-Botros is a classical guitarist, music composer, and arranger. He nurtures his passion for guitar by playing Flamenco, Jazz, Celtic, Folk, and Middle Eastern music. His performances include solo concerts, baroque ensembles, orchestras, and a main focus on guitar ensembles. Creating a unique and fascinating fusion influenced by distinctive Middle Eastern melodies, Gaby has composed for solo guitar, guitar quartet, string quartet, and many other chamber ensembles.
Notable past performances include Vivaldi’s Concerto in G major with the Damascus Baroque Soloists and the Concierto Andaluz by Joaquín Rodrigo with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his classical music concerts, Gaby has performed with the Oud master Naseer Shamma and the virtuoso Brazilian guitarist Celso Machado. Working in the world music genre, he also arranged and recorded several compositions with the great Syrian composer and oud player Husam Numan.
In 2016, Gaby made his conducting debut with a performance of his own arrangement of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un gentilhombre featuring soloist Susan McDonald and a guitar orchestra. The Damascus Guitar Quartet, of which Gaby was a founding member, has paved the way for other musicians in Syria to form guitar ensembles. Gaby continued this work through co-founding the Orontes Quartet and this has helped to highlight the possibilities of the guitar as a concert instrument. The Orontes Quartet released their first album "The Clock" in 2016, which was recorded during the war in Syria, under sirens and bomb blasts. In 2019, the quartet received a fellowship grant from the Artist Protection Fund, a New York-based program that supports threatened artists around the world. They were hosted by the University of Victoria for one year during which they worked with Dr. Alexander Dunn. The quartet toured across Canada with over 30 concerts, including the Alberta Winter Games 2019 opening ceremony, and was featured in The Globe and Mail.
When not performing, Gaby is a guitar and music theory teacher who believes that a foundation in effective performance/effective musical communication? should be a teacher's first priority. As a guitar teacher and coordinator at Solhi Alwadi music school and a guitar teacher assistant at the Higher Institute of Music, Gaby was in high demand. Gaby worked as a teaching assistant for the renowned U.S. classical guitarist and composer Susan McDonald at the YES Academy in Lebanon. During his stay in Lebanon, Gaby developed a guitar curriculum for Syrian refugee students at Jusoor NGO.
Jana Daher is a highly accomplished entrepreneur with expertise in grant writing and project management. As the co-founder of One52 Solutions, Jana has established herself as a leader in the field, providing high-quality grant writing and project management services to clients across various industries.
With a Master's degree from the American University of Beirut and the current pursuit of a Ph.D. at the University of Guelph, Jana has developed a wealth of knowledge and skills that have made her a valuable asset to the business world. Her dedication and commitment to excellence have helped her to build a successful corporation, and her expertise in finance and management has made her a sought-after consultant in the field.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Jana is also a talented singer and musician. Her love for music has been a lifelong passion, and she has been able to leverage her business expertise to support her own musical career, as well as those of other artists and organizations.
Whether she is managing a complex project or performing on stage, Jana's talent, experience, and dedication make her a standout leader in the business and music world alike. Her commitment to excellence and passion for success has helped her to achieve great things in her career, and she is poised to continue making a significant impact in the years to come.