Thursday 5 March 2009

Sounds of Passion and Beauty.

A beautiful piece by Omar Bashir, the Iraqi Oud player, son of the late Munir Bashir.

I find Omar to be very talented, a student of his late father...infusing his father's teaching and knowledge of Oud with his own personal style.

What has become of Iraq's Oud players ? Apart from the few exiled ones...
What happened to the institutes of Music, Ballet and Fine Arts ?

What is fine about Baghdad and Iraq these days ? What has this "Liberation" -Occupation produced in terms of Creativity, apart from a few lone voices and Ouds, in the wilderness, reminiscing on Passion and Beauty ?

Video : Omar Bashir in Concert, Budapest 2008.