Naseer Shamma


Hany ElBadry


Saeid Kamal


Amjad Nasser


Raaed Wahesh


Saber Abdelsattar


Joan Farhan


Khatar Dawa


Pre-concert talk


Time: 18:30


Place: Pierre Boulez Saal

Speaker: Mahmoud Guettat

Prior to the concert with Naseer Shamma, Tunisian musicologist Mahmoud Guettat discusses the history of the oud.

In Arabic with simultaneous German and English translation. Headphones will be available; a security deposit (photo ID or 50 euros) must be provided.

Eighty-five years ago, in March 1932, musicians and scholars from the Middle East and North Africa and European composers and musicologists, among them Béla Bartók and Paul Hindemith, gathered in Cairo for what would become known as the Cairo Congress—the first large-scale symposium and festival dedicated to the presentation, discussion, and documentation of the musical traditions of the Arab world. Inspired by this historic event, a group of musicians, led by Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma, will come together at the Pierre Boulez Saal for a weekend of performances, talks, and workshops to explore the rich musical legacy of the Cairo Congress.

One of the world’s leading oud virtuosos, Naseer Shamma first appeared at the Pierre Boulez Saal in April 2017 with a solo recital. Now he returns for this second night of the Arabic Music Days, headlining a stellar ensemble of performers. The musical program will be expanded by and reflected in the recitation of contemporary Arabic poetry.

Benefit from the Weekend Pass for the Arabic Music Days : access to the entire program and an invitation to the artist reception on Saturday.