Roger Mgrdichian specializes in the oud, an ancestor of the European lute, and performs in diverse styles of Middle Eastern music with several ensembles. Roger is the lead composer for Jaffna, a band that combines styles of Middle Eastern and Indian music in original compositions. He performs and teaches about the diversity and similarities of Middle Eastern cultures for Strings for Schools. A member of the Jewish/Arab ensemble Atzilut: Concerts for Peace, he has worked with singers Jack Kessler and Maurice Chedid. Roger has participated in concerts with Flamenco Ole, and has collaborated with flamenco guitarist Tito Rubio for the Herencia Arabe project, which explores North African/Middle Eastern roots in flamenco music.