Abu Dhabi Festival Highlights the Role of Digital Technologies in Oud Music

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Published June 6th, 2021 - 10:46 GMT
Abu Dhabi Festival Highlights the Role of Digital Technologies in Oud Music
The episode featured Damascus-based luthier Huosain Sabsaby talking about his craft and Sami Naseem from Baghdad discussing digital technology and its role in oud music.
Highlights
Featuring a select group of international artists from Egypt, Sudan, Japan and Syria

As part of a special commission and production, and with the sponsorship of its lead partner, Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF), held under the theme ‘The Future Starts Now’, streamed the latest episode of the Global Oud Forum across all its digital channels, which featured a select group of international artists from Egypt, Sudan, Japan and Syria.

The fourth episode hosted performances by Nehad El-Sayed from Egypt, Ashraf Awad from Sudan, Naochika Sogabe from Japan and Jalal Kassam from Syria. The episode featured Damascus-based luthier Huosain Sabsaby talking about his craft and Sami Naseem from Baghdad discussing digital technology and its role in oud music.

The full episode can be found on ADF’s Youtube channel here.

Abu Dhabi Festival continues its global events and performances, presenting episode five of Global Oud Forum, on 8 June at 8pm UAE time.

Held between 25 March and 15 June, GOF 2021 consists of a unique series of seven TV-format episodes presenting insights from academics and experts in the fields of music and the arts, the history and development of the oud and the ways in which the instrument is integrated into today's digital music industry. The forum will also offer extensive reports on six distinguished oud makers from across the Arab world, with the participation of 27 oud musicians from 14 countries playing compositions written specifically for the oud.

For more information, please visit Abu Dhabi Festival’s website: https://abudhabifestival.ae/programme/global-oud-forum-2021/  and its digital platforms on Facebook (abudhabifestival), Twitter (@abudhabi_fest), Instagram (@abudhabifestival) and the official website of the Global Oud Forum: www.oudforum.com.

Held under the theme ‘The Future Starts Now’, the year-long programme of the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival combines a unique hybrid programme of virtual and in-person performances, exhibitions and events leveraging the latest digital technology, with the participation of over 500 artists from more than 50 countries. The Festival will provide audiences with 16 exciting world premieres, 12 festival productions, eight global co-productions and four exclusive commissions, with 1 global music tour.

Background Information

Abu Dhabi Festival

Abu Dhabi Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. The Festival is the UAE's foremost celebration of art and culture bringing together the greatest musicians, performers and artists from both the East and West in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. It seeks to reflect the determination of the capital to take the lead in cultural understanding.

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