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Iraq Now! Naseer Shamma and Al-Oyoun Ensemble

Naseer Shamma is one of Iraq's leading cultural icons. He is a leader of the famed Iraqi Oud school, a virtuosic approach to the oud (Arab lute) that began in Iraq in the early twentieth century, combining techniques and aesthetics from Turkish oud playing with the melodies and spirit of traditional Iraqi maqam music. A composer as well as a performer, Shamma has created an innovative approach to the oud, expanding on its technical capabilities and influencing oud players across the Arab region. In his first performance in the United States in more than a decade, Shamma will appear in New York with his Al-Oyoun Ensemble, consisting of seven virtuoso musicians from Cairo performing in a contemporary style of Shamma's own creation, which he calls Arab Chamber Music.

This concert is presented as part of Iraq Now!, a festival of contemporary Iraqi culture presented in collaboration with Alwan for the Arts.

Concerts and Performances (59)

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Salomé Chamber Orchestra
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Eternal Embrace
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Memoria Antigua: Flamenco
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Arvo Pärt at Eighty
(01:47:09) 337 views

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Excerpt from La Celestina
(00:05:08) 355 views

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A Valentine from Jane Monheit
(01:22:40) 125 views

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Digital Buddha
(01:06:05) 247 views

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Alarm Will Sound Flash Mob
(00:12:08) 2232 views

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Salomé Chamber Orchestra
(01:20:47) 367 views

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Calmus Ensemble, Part Two
(00:29:13) 70 views

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Calmus Ensemble, Part One
(00:32:11) 55 views

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Decoda: Line and Expression
(01:05:30) 204 views

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Second Shepherd's Play
(00:10:13) 358 views

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The Vienna Choir Boys
(00:13:05) 218 views

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Seven Words
(01:06:51) 1090 views

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Of Water and Ice
(00:56:39) 832 views

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Spectrum Presents: Street
(01:04:46) 267 views

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Judy Collins
(01:35:53) 1124 views

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JACK Quartet
(01:10:08) 970 views

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DJ Spooky: Civil War Symphony
(01:02:17) 1960 views

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DJ Spooky: The Nauru Elegies
(01:17:06) 426 views

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Patti Smith: February Snow
(00:09:08) 2633 views

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Efterklang Concert
(01:28:31) 1344 views

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The Peony Pavilion
(01:11:47) 11317 views