“SHUSMO” in Arabic means “what’s his name.” This project began to take shape in the Fall of 2000, when Palestinian composer Tareq Abboushi started developing a musical language that aims to blend various elements of jazz, Arabic, and Latin music. Over the years, as the sound of the band began to mature, other elements came into play including North African rhythms, Western classical counterpoint, and spoken word. Today, every member brings their own background to add flavor to the compositions, and the result is far beyond what the original goals