Simon Shaheen | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | International | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $30, $28 for members
Throughout a career stretching back to the 80s, Palestinian violinist and oud master Simon Shaheen has devoted himself to Arabic musical traditions, whether preserving them or stretching their boundaries. He’s played in austere, ultratraditional settings, brought Technicolor orchestral depth to the songs of great Egyptian composer Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and added accessible pop and jazz flavors to Arabic music (with mixed results) in his group Qantara. He hasn’t released any recordings of his music in more than a decade, but he continues to produce new work: last March he gave the local premiere of his Oud Concerto in C Minor with the Chicago Sinfonietta. On this trip to town he leads an excellent trio with Zafir Tawil, who plays various stringed instruments and hand percussion, and Bassam Saba, a master of the ney as well as the oud. —Peter Margasak



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