Kinan Azmeh


Naseer Shamma


and other Artists

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 in a solo recital. Now he returns for this second night of the Arabic Music Days, headlining a stellar ensemble of performers.

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