Naseer Shamma welcomes 2011 with a different tune

Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Dec 2010

Naseer Shamma to give a New Year's Eve concert at El Sawy Culturewheel

In celebration of the New Year, renowned Iraqi oud player and composer Naseer Shamma is performing live at El Sawy Culturewheel on Friday, 31 December at 10.00 pm.

In addition to his own compositions, Naseer Shamma has also garnered acclaim for creating the eight-stringoud, along the lines of amanuscript by the 9th-century music theorist Al-Farabi. The innovation (of eight strings instead of six) has expanded the musical range of the oud and given it a distinct tonality. Shamma is famed for his one handed playing style.

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