Sat, Nov 05|
CANADA - NASEER SHAMMA & ANWAR ABU DRAGH - THE IRAQI MAQAM "A New Vision"
Naseer Shamma returns to Toronto for featured as special guest at the Massy Hall of Toronto, in a joint effort towards the founding of the Arab Oud House in Canada
Time & Location
Nov 05, 2022, 8:00 PM EDT
Toronto, 178 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7, Canada
About The Event
Maqamat Academy Orchestra presents
“Iraqi Maqam: A New Vision”
Join us to celebrate a new vision of the Iraqi Maqam presented by award-winning musicians Naseer Shamma and Anwar Abudragh. With new lyrics, compositions, and singing styles, the Maqam will capture the spirit of this age, while preserving its classical roots.
Iraqi Maqam is a genre of traditional Arabic Maqam that dates back to the Abbasid era (8th–13th century). The idea of the project “Iraqi Maqam: A New Vision” was born in 2011 in Belgium. Both artists performed this new vision around the world along with the Maqamat Ensemble group. Maqamat International Orchestra (MIO) and Maqamat International Academy of Arts and Heritage (MIAAH) host this event in Canada for the first time, to introduce the new vision of Iraqi Maqam to North America.
About the artists
Naseer Shamma is an Iraqi Oud player legend. Shamma is the UNESCO Artist for Peace and Goodwill Ambassador to the International Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies. He is also the founder of Bait Al Oud (Egypt, UAE, Iraq, Sudan).
A world-renowned maestro, Shamma is a distinguished oud player who has received more than 60 awards around the globe and accolades and released many albums.
Anwar Abudragh is an Iraqi singer and composer. He is specialized in Iraqi Maqam and in playing Joza (Traditional Iraqi Instrument). Abudragh is the founder and director of Maqamat International Orchestra (MIO) and Maqamat International Academy of Arts and Heritage (MIAAH) in Mississauga, Canada.
Naseer and Anwar studied at the same music conservatory in Baghdad-Iraq in the 1980s.