nicolas royer-artuso is a linguist, musicologist, oud player, violinist and music teacher from canada. following studies in classical western music, jazz and electro-acoustic composition, he decided to devote himself to maqam, studying in morocco, tunisia, syria and turkey. a key aspect of his musical work is the theoretical and practical use of “heterophony”. royer-artuso is a founding member of theater-oriented political collective nü.kolektif, for which he composes, co-directs, plays and acts. he lives in istanbul, and is an active contributor to the city’s traditional music and free improvisation scenes.