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    I know this isn't exactly about Mandolin but I thought it'd be interesting for the forum to listen to some Oud players (the oud is a fretless middle eastern instrument, often called the grandfather of the guitar).

    https://taqs.im/7-oud-players/

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    You beat me to the punch, Dagger!

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    This is one of my faves, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-oaNXLG6l4

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    Ah, Titi Robin. One of my absolute favourite musicians, whichever of his instruments he is playing.
    You beat me to the punch on that one, David!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS0EkHTmdEE
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    Gotta shout out for Jody Stecher - a frequent contributor on oud forum - and known to us here as well.

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    About 10 years ago, I walked into a kebab place for lunch and was completely floored when the 40s comedy with midgets, camels and bellydancers that was showing on the TV suddenly turned into the romantic lead playing an extended face melting oud piece, then back to juggling, pratfalls and giggling dancers..I had them write down Farid El Atrache's name, and have been an oud fan ever since. Thanks for the additional players to explore!

    Here's a solo by FEA:

    https://youtu.be/zWddWhpKrmM

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    Hi, Haytham Safia is also a great player. Here’s a video with me on guitar: https://youtu.be/VBnDafj8f24

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    Hamza Al Din... a master.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janos View Post
    Hi, Haytham Safia is also a great player. Here’s a video with me on guitar: https://youtu.be/VBnDafj8f24
    Great cut, Janos! Yes, Haytham is a very fine oud player.

    Great group sound too. I haven't heard you on guitar before; and I see now I missed your earlier thread on this trio. Will be watching for more.

    Good topic. Thanks, yousuf!

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    Haven't mentioned Munir Bashir yet. Essential listening.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munir_Bashir

    Some more modern stuff:
    Dhafer Youssef (seen here with Zakir Hussein on tabla!). This is extraordinary music, actually.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN6pJiJ6uJw

    Driss El Maloumi (solo or with world music trio 3MA)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNUj...=RDmNUjj1FI1ZE
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    If you keep your eyes open, there are ouds out there. I was on the tram at Orlando Airport (MCO) and had a nice chat with a young Egyptian guy. He was quite surprised when I asked him if that was an oud. He was also surprised when he saw my mandolin. Unfortunately, duty called, and we did not get a chance to pull instruments out and trade off a little. Third oud I've seen at an airport in the last several years, and one lute.
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    I've played Arabic/Egyptian oud since getting into it several years ago, always enjoying that low voice. But, since shopping for a new oud the past several years - every time I thought I would buy one, hearing it didnt make the impression on me that it once did.

    Later I chanced to pick up a Turkish (58 cm) oud - at first I wasn't comfortable with it, but after adjusting I found I prefer the sound of the higher pitch.

    I still like the larger oud, especially for more "primitive" style like Ethiopian, Somalian, Egyptian, et al. Sounds great in an ensemble - as the vids demonstrate.

    *I can't find my Guy Roberts stuff - someone made me a disc years ago. Great stuff.
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    Some modern D Youssef stuff I posted here a few years back..

    https://youtu.be/9tT4DYnMfPM

    I had a file of a bunch of incredible trad players, but sadly I guess it's gone..

    For posterity, one of the original "fusion" projects; Abdul-Malik/Johnny Griffin, Jazz Sahara (1958): https://youtu.be/CRP2lJP2pDQ

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    Some of my favorite Oud players





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    Re the Crete clip:

    I wondered at first if you were confusing the Cretan lauto with the oud (Stelios doesn't start playing oud till 8.15 minutes in).
    I hadn't realised he played oud actually, and I've been listening to his stuff for a few years now. He is best known for his lyra playing, and also the lauto. Beautiful music at any rate. Incidentally he is also an instrument maker and makes all these instruments.
    http://www.steliospetrakis.com/instruments?lang=en

    These guys are associated with Labyrinth Music Workshop in Crete. I'm actually going there in March to study with Efren Lopez for a week. Lucky me.
    https://www.labyrinthmusic.gr/en/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon View Post
    Re the Crete clip:
    These guys are associated with Labyrinth Music Workshop in Crete. I'm actually going there in March to study with Efren Lopez for a week. Lucky me.
    https://www.labyrinthmusic.gr/en/
    Wow Dagger that's going to be a great vacation.
    I suppose you will meet Ross Daly. He's been a hero of mine for a number of years. Fine musicians, thoes folks!

    Send us some 'travel notes'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougC View Post
    Wow Dagger that's going to be a great vacation.
    I suppose you will meet Ross Daly. He's been a hero of mine for a number of years. Fine musicians, thoes folks!

    Send us some 'travel notes'.
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    Well I had really great trip. The workshops were quite intense but good fun. There was a lot of emphasis on different rhythms, playing music from Turkey and further afield. I learnt a lot about the structure of the music and 'Makam'.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makam

    It was also just great to be in Crete and hear a lot of music, particularly from Efren Lopez, who is a wonderful musician and generally a great guy.

    I have put up a few bits and pieces on my Facebook page.
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    A reminder of late great Farid al-Atrash, mentioned in the article.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farid_al-Atrash

    In the late 70's when i was learning 'oud, he was considered the "best" Arabic player.



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    This is a interesting thread. In the moment I live together with a woman from Teheran, and she plays the sauntur. So I`m exposed to a lot of persian trad music over the last year. Her brother is a very good tar-player and her niece is a fantastic daf-player. Both also live here in Germany, and I`m happy that I got to know this kind of music. The oud seems to be not that important in Iran, but it`s there. It`s very interesting that they have their own version of the oud, the barbat. It`s a little bit smaller and tuned somewhat higher. It`s also said that this was the forerunner of the oud.

    As for iranian oud playing, I love this piece and how it`s played:



    And this:



    And this is the barbat:


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    A reminder of late great Farid al-Atrash, mentioned in the article.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farid_al-Atrash

    In the late 70's when i was learning 'oud, he was considered the "best" Arabic player.

    Some years ago, I was having lunch at a mom and pop falafel joint. Pop ran a satellite TV service out of the back, and a huge TV was playing this sequence:

    https://youtu.be/LP43GcGnAvk
    I have been smitten ever since. Farid's career as romantic lead in countless Egyptian films, and his singing are also of interest.

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    [QUOTE=Michael Wolf;1707606]The oud seems to be not that important in Iran, but it`s there.

    I was unable to watch your videos for some reason, Michael.

    However, when I was in Crete, Negar Bouban, a really charming lady from Teheran, did a workshop on The Oud In Persian Music.
    (Note: this video shows an earlier workshop, not the one last week).

    https://youtu.be/M6IKinIvu1k

    Here she is in concert:
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