Art Alert: Iraqi oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma to give two Cairo concerts

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Feb 2016

Shamma, world renowned on oud, is scheduled for two concerts at El-Sawy Culturewheel in Zamalek

Naseer Shamma
Naseer Shamma performs with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ahmed El Saedi at the Cairo Opera House in 2011. (Photo: Sherif Sonbol)

Renowned Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma is scheduled to give two concerts at El-Sawy Culturewheel, on 29 February and 1 March.

The 29 February concert marks the 13th anniversary of the birth of El-Sawy Culturewheel, an important platform for young musicians.

Shamma has been a regular performer at El-Sawy Culturewheel since its inception in 2003.

Shamma is most celebrated for giving the traditional string instrument a more contemporary sound. 

Shamma established Beit Al-Oud Al-Arabi (The Arabic Oud House) to teach people how to play what he calls the "grandfather" of stringed instruments.

 He has introduced the oud to dozens of young musicians, with many of them describing Shamma as a "free spirit" and innovative, open and "forceful artist."

8pm, Monday, 29 February
8pm, Tuesday, 1 March
Wisdom Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo 

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