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Naseer Shamma, From Assur to Seville

From: Harmonia Mundi Records

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Naseer Shamma began playing the ' Ud (the Arab lute) at the age of twelve, In Iraq where he grew up on the banks of the Tigris River. He received a diploma from the Baghdad Conservatory of Music where he studied under some of the greatest living masters of this instrument. He is currently director of the Arab Center for the 'Ud in Cairo. While the influence of the great musicians he studied under is apparent in his work, Shamma has not been bound by tradition, as is clear on this piece in which he applies the techniques of flamenco guitar to his instrument. The 1989 piece is called " From Assur to Seville. The composition, itself, is instructive of the history of the ' Ud, tracing it from its origins in the Assur, on the upper Tigris in Iraq, through to Spain under the Moors.

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