Naseer Shamma 2019 Toronto

Festival of Arabic Music and Arts Presents…

Naseer Shamma & Orontes (Flamenco Night)

Concert Date: November 1, 2019 (Friday)
Location: Bluma Appel Theatre – St Lawrence Centre for the Arts (Toronto)
Time: 7:30 pm
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Naseer Shamma

Born in Iraq 1963 in a city on the Tigirs River. He began studying the oud at the age of 12 in Baghdad. Shamma received his diploma from the Baghdad Academy of Music in 1987. He began to teach oud after three years at the academy, as well as continuing his own studies. Shamma has composed music for films, plays and television and created the Arabic Oud House in Cairo.
Shamma sought out and located the blueprints for the Oud designed by Al Farabi in the 9th Century AD, and was the first artist to construct it and play it to an audience of Oud scholars.
The Farabi Oud produces 4 musical octaves as opposed to the normal 2, thus giving the player a vast area to improvise.
Shamma, is one of the top 5 Oud masters in the World; his concert with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra will be an educational experience for the CAO and a masterpiece of classical Arabic Music.

Orontes (Guitar Quartet)

From amid the rubble of war-torn homes, four young men decided to rise from the ashes with their guitars to create beautiful music and speak to all mankind. Orontes, a quartet that has performed in small obscure churches in Syria, and with the Syrian National Orchestra, now in BC with the Artist Protection Fund, will join Oud master Naseer Shamma in a once in a lifetime performance at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto.










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