Naseer Shamma

Naseer Shamma (* 1963 in Kut, on the banks of the Tigris River in southern Iraq ) is one of the most valued and most distinguished oud player, who was awarded many prizes.

At the Academy of Music in Baghdad, he studied with the Iraqi Grand Master Munir Bashir, where in 1987 he received his diploma in music art. In addition to today's game with a plectrum technique he has mastered the ancient with five fingers.

From 1993 to 1998 he taught at the Musikhochschule in Tunisia. Since the beginning of his career, he composed his own pieces. His main concern is to give in different parts of the world concerts. Since the late 1990s, he lived in Cairo in Egypt and founded in 1998 the Bait Al - Oud Al -Arabi ( Arab Oud House of ), which he currently leads in addition to his concert appearances. In 1999 he founded the Al- Oyoin ensemble, the western which combines methods and tools of classical Arab music as well.

As the only contemporary musicians he has built to the manuscripts of the famous music theorist Al -Farabi in the 9th century an oud with eight instead of the usual six strings. This change expanded the range of the instrument and gave it a distinct tonality.

Another new feature of the musician is to use and the teachings of a one-handed technique of Oud. This was originally developed by Salim Abdul Karim, to allow the Gulf war veterans the Oudspielen.


  • Ishraq (1996 )
  • The Moon fades (1999)
  • Maqamat Ziryab (2003)
  • Ancient Dreams (2004)
  • Meditation ( 2005)