The Abu Dhabi Festival supports the Jazz Tour by Naseer Shamma and Wynton Marsalis, which started on January 20 and will continue until February 4, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and many states and cities around the United States of America, in the experience of mixing jazz music. The Oud, which is the first of its kind in the history of music; This is within the framework of the program of activities of its 20th session, which is held under the slogan “The will to develop, the longing for leadership.”
Hoda Ibrahim Al-Khamis, founder of the Abu Dhabi Group for Culture and Arts, founder and artistic director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, said: “The global musical and artistic tours of the Abu Dhabi Festival reflect our commitment to cultural diplomacy efforts to enhance the Emirati presence and present Arab creators to the world. The Abu Dhabi Festival, through its international strategic partnerships, offers a meeting Two great artists are the famous jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, a nine-time Grammy Award winner, and the Arabic Oud master Naseer Shamma, the Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; This is on an American tour of nine of the most important art centers in the United States, starting from the Jazz Center Lincoln Center, New York, to the Chicago Symphony Center, Sheldon Hall in St. Louis, and others.
And she continued: «Arab music resounds in the meeting of the jazz legend Marsalis, winner of the Abu Dhabi Festival Award, with Naseer Shamma through eight musical compositions by Naseer, including Oud Jazz, Inana and Demozi, Carthage, and A World Without Fear; After their historic meeting on the stage of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2017, let us chart new stations in the march of civilization and consolidate common relations between nations through arts and music.
Naseer Shamma said: “The tour is the culmination of my partnership with the Abu Dhabi Festival, which extends for twenty years, during which we presented the idea of globalizing the oud and spreading our Arab culture with its value and essence. This well-studied partnership was filled with many achievements, and today we celebrate a new achievement, the first of its kind in the world, which is presenting the Oud with Jazz alongside jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.
The tour around the United States, which continues throughout the months of January and February, in the presence of the American public at its various stations, witnesses a meeting between American jazz and Arabic maqam. Jazz legend, acclaimed musician, composer and conductor, nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis, joins renowned Arabic oud master Naseer Shamma, in the first collaboration between the orchestra and an Iraqi artist; This is after their successful participation in the activities of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2017.
Naseer Shamma, during his historical tour that is organized for the first time with a oud player, conveying the message of art and music from the capital Abu Dhabi to the world, performs a unique series of his own musical compositions, which include: Tomorrow is more beautiful, Oud Jazz, Inana and Demozi, Carthage, Our Lady of Gardens, Alam Fearless, Nubia, Tigris, and with Winton.
The musical tour includes a unique and exclusive group of events in several US states and cities, including: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, Chicago, Omaha, Milwaukee, and Madison.
It is noteworthy that the Abu Dhabi Festival contributes, through its artistic and musical events, to the consolidation of the capital’s position as a global creative platform, within the framework of its classification as “the city of music” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO”, and to strengthening its position as a growing center on the world music map, as a home For a flexible and sustainable music system based on innovation.
In its current edition, the festival presents, during the first three weeks of March, its extensive main program of events, which includes many live performances and musical events with audience participation, while local community events and other international performances continue throughout the year.
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