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In a world where images and sound have become the primary means of transmitting information, both photography and music have a unique ability to cross borders and bridge cultural gaps. Nicole LeCorgne is a photographer, percussionist and ethnomusicologist with a profound love of Arabic and Eastern music. She has a Bachelor’s degree in World Music and Dance from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology, that focused on the rhythmic cycles of the Near Eastern Muwashshahat, from Wesleyan University. Nicole has performed, exhibited and taught workshops throughout the US, as well as internationally; photographed musicians, dancers in numerous countries, such as Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, England, and New Zealand; appeared in such internationally acclaimed publications as Aramco World and Global Rhythm Magazines; and exhibited through the world renowned Smithsonian Museum. Under the sponsorship of the Fulbright Binational Commission for Cultural Exchange, the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Nicole is in Egypt from October 2008 through September 2009 to document musical life in Cairo by means of photographic and audio recordings. The goal of this project is to develop a body of work that conveys the depth and richness of Egyptian society through its musical expression.