Egyptian veteran music professor and composer Alfred Gamil dies at 64

Eslam Omar , Wednesday 10 Nov 2021

Egyptian prominent music professor, violist, and composer Alfred Gamil died in Cairo on Tuesday at the age of 64 due to health problems, according to colleagues and friends.

Alfred Gamil

The popular Arab Music Institute professor who specialised in studies of voice, the lute, and the tumbur inspired a large number of musicians who studied oud and violin techniques, composition, conducting, and music analysis under his helm.

Born in Cairo in 1975, Gamil’s most famous writings are: ‘Mosiqa Al-Tahawoul’, ‘Duet for Oud’, ‘Hewar AL-Eqa’a’, ‘Tahmila Blues’, and ‘Longa Chromatic’, to name but a few.

Gamil, who collaborated with iconic violinist Abdo Dagher for a long time, had a PhD in Arabic rare Maqamat (gemmas and scales) and the Turkish Sazenda.

He was based in Kuwait since 2008, where he taught and supervised generations of music academics. 

Gamil founded the band ‘Qithara’ in 1999 and played with various internation musicians as he toured the world.

He is widely known for his attempts to revive traditional Arab music forms like Longa and Sama’ie, merging them with western genres like jazz and blues.

Throughout his life, Gamil participated in numerous festivals and events across the globe, sharing the stage frequently with iconic Mohamed Abdel-Wahab and Riad El-Sundaty as well as Egyptian Grammy-Awarded musician Fathy Salama, Norway’s ‘The Source’, ‘Cairo Steps’, and many others.

Many musicians from different generations mourn the loss of the inspiring educator and musician.

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