While in European music history the organ has traditionally been regarded as the “Queen of Instruments,” it is without a doubt the oud that takes the same place in the music of the Arabic world. Few artists today have achieved greater recognition in promoting the instrument than Naseer Shamma, curator of the Arabic Music Days. As a virtuoso performer, educator, and cultural ambassador, he has not only raised the profile and visibility of the oud around the world, but also developed the instrument itself by adding and changing details of its construction. The “Oud Houses” he established in several cities across the Arabic world have become important training centers for the next generation of musicians.

For the 2023 Arabic Music Days, Shamma has invited fellow oud players and ensembles consisting of students and teachers from the Oud Houses in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere. An extensive program of film, literature, and visual art will provide additional perspectives of contemporary Arabic culture on site and online.

Poet Lorca Sbeity will accompany the concert with readings from her work.


Due to travel and visa issues, Sherine Tohamy & The Abu Dhabi Oud House Trio unfortunately had to cancel their performance. Thankfully, the Europe Oud Quartet, consisting of oud players Bacem Yousfi, Somar Al Nasser, and Mohamed Abozekry, as well as Abdallah Abozekry on saz, agreed to step in on short notice. The latter two musicians have already been heard at the Pierre Boulez Saal during the 2022 Arabic Music Days.

Tickets already purchased remain valid.

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Pierre Boulez Saal
Französische Straße 33 D
10117 Berlin
Season 2023/24,
Arabic Music Days
Arab and Persian Music
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