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Middle East Meditations

Middle East Meditations

Date(s) - 01/20/2023 - 01/21/2023
8:00 pm

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Rose Theater at Lincoln Center


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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Nazeer Shamma

What to Expect:

  • A musical journey to the Middle East featuring oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma

  • There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 7pm for each performancE

About the Concert:

Middle East Meditations is a milestone event in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s distinguished history. Marsalis and the JLCO collaborate with revered Iraqi oud virtuoso, composer, educator, musicologist and UNESCO Artist for Peace Naseer Shamma, blending the magical flavors of the Tigris River with Mississippi River-descended swing. Friends since they met in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the two visionaries—whose first formal concert together in 2017, in Marciac, France, was reviewed as an “unprecedented fusion” between jazz and the millennia-old short-necked forerunner of the lute—will perform together for the first time at Jazz at Lincoln Center, undertaking new works arranged by Marsalis, Shamma, and orchestra members. The occasion marks the first time that the JLCO has hosted and featured an Iraqi artist. Immediately following these shows in the House of Swing (and Oud), the JLCO with Special Guest Naseer Shamma will tour select cities around the United States.

This program is presented as part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series.

Naseer Shamma appears in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Festival.

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