NASEER SHAMMA

Maqam Dasht
 

Naseer Shamma was born in 1963 in Kut, a village on the Tigris River in Iraq. He began studying the oud at the age of 12 in Baghdad, following in the footsteps of Jamil and Munir Bachir. When he was 11, Shamma saw the oud for the first time, in the hands of a stylish music teacher. Although Shamma's father, a shop owner, was religiously conservative, he did not object to his son's artistic ambitions. In 1985, Shamma played his own compositions at his first concert, attended by several renowned Iraqi artists. At the time, he worked closely with "the emir of the oud," the late Iraqi master Munir Bashir. But Shamma wanted to blaze his own path. Master Munir invented the technique of contemplation with oud, but I wanted my music to carry content, an idea or image that is shocking. He 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 has written a unique oud method for one hand - this is designed   at for children injured during the Gulf War. Between 1993  and  1998  he  taught oud   the  Higher Institute of  Music in  Tunisia, and in  1999 he took the post of Director of the Arab Centre for the Oud in Cairo. His compositions are culturally unique. He performs on the oud in a manner which combines ancient methods with his own modern compositions.
He has constructed an eight-string oud following the manuscript of the 9th century music theorist al-Farabi. This new design (8 instead of 6 strings) expanded the musical range of the oud and gave it a distinct tonality.
  He also has a website www.naseershamma.com

 

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