From Ashur to Seville: Naseer Shamma & The Beit Al Oud Orchestra


Venue Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Barcelona

An Abu Dhabi Festival commission in partnership with Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Spain
World Premiere

In a tribute to the legendary Al Mawsili, whose orchestra of 400 rang out in the eighth century court of fifth Abbasid Caliph, Naseer Shamma brings together prestigious alumni of Beit Al Oud from Algeria, Cairo and Abu Dhabi with a prominent Flamenco guitarist from Spain and Bouzouki soloist from Greece.. An exploration of cross-cultural dialogue through the shared roots of the oud and the guitar, the concert premieres seven new compositions by the Iraqi-Oud master and United Nations Messenger for Peace, as well as three existing works. The concert is the continuation of a concept premiered at Abu Dhabi Festival (UAE) in 2005, followed by Baalbeck International Festival (Lebanon) in 2010.