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The Golden Age of the Egyptian Oud with Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams El-Din
Alwan for the Arts
New York, NY
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The Golden Age of the Egyptian Oud with Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams El-Din
Egyptian duo Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams el-Din celebrate the Golden Age of the Egyptian oud on their debut release, Wasla. Tarek hails from Alexandria and is well-versed in the traditional repertoire of the Egyptian oud. Adel is an Alexandrine of an earlier generation; a master of the riqq frame drum and co-founder of the well-known sufi music group Al-Kindi. Together they forge a new path that pays tribute to tradition, while invigorating the traditional wasla song form with original instrumental compositions, engaging audiences in the worldly, cosmopolitan delights of their hometown.

About the Artists:

Adel Shams El-Din is considered one of the most talented riqq players, capable of resonating, in turn, each of the ten pairs of metal jingles around the instrument. Introduced to percussion by his older brother, Adel made his stage debut at the age of 11. He studied with the brilliant composer and musicologist Fathi Guened who taught him the basic rhythms of percussion and the Arab maqam. Already established with a reputation of master musician in his late twenties in Egypt, Adel left his dual career as soloist with the Radio of Alexandria and mechanical engineer with the Egyptian railways and moved to Europe to focus on his career as a musician. His exceptional technique, exquisite sound, and vast knowledge of rhythmic cycles from Middle Eastern music to jazz and flamenco make him the most sought after riqq player on the international stage today. He insists on playing the traditional Egyptian fish skin riqqs because in his words, The sound is the soul of the instrument; and that sound creates the soul of the music. He has recorded more than 50 CDs and has worked on a dozen film scores. He also recorded a solo album, Forty Rhythms of the Middle East (Buda Musique) and is co-founder of Ensemble Al-Kindi.

Tarek Abdallah is an Alexandrine composer and interpreter born in 1975. He draws his inspiration from the "Nahda", the golden age of the art of Egyptian oud solo (1910-1930), an era which also lies at the center of his intellectual explorations. Awarded a diploma by the Arab Oud House of Cairo in 2005, he now lives in France where he is pursuing a PhD in Musicology at the University Lyon 2. Tareq teaches a number of courses, master classes and workshops across the Mediterranean to share and popularize the knowledge connected to the 'oud. He collaborates with a range of artists spanning the jazz, baroque music, contemporary dance, theatre and World Music genres.



Alwan for the Arts (View)
16 Beaver St. 4th Fl
New York, NY 10004
United States

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Music > Global

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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