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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 (45)

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Excerpt from La Celestina
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A Valentine from Jane Monheit
(01:22:40) 115 views

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Digital Buddha
(01:06:05) 229 views

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Alarm Will Sound Flash Mob
(00:12:08) 2173 views

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Salomé Chamber Orchestra
(01:20:47) 243 views

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Calmus Ensemble, Part Two
(00:29:13) 44 views

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Calmus Ensemble, Part One
(00:32:11) 45 views

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Decoda: Line and Expression
(01:05:30) 171 views

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Second Shepherd's Play
(00:10:13) 242 views

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The Vienna Choir Boys
(00:13:05) 194 views

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Seven Words
(01:06:51) 1071 views

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Of Water and Ice
(00:56:39) 813 views

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Spectrum Presents: Street
(01:04:46) 252 views

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Judy Collins
(01:35:53) 1015 views

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JACK Quartet
(01:10:08) 917 views

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DJ Spooky: Civil War Symphony
(01:02:17) 1922 views

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DJ Spooky: The Nauru Elegies
(01:17:06) 409 views

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Patti Smith: February Snow
(00:09:08) 2589 views

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Efterklang Concert
(01:28:31) 1335 views

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Peony Pavilion
(01:11:47) 10576 views