Musical Performance: The Golden Age of the Egyptian Oud with Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams El-Din

Sat, March 25, 2017 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

(View all musical performances »)

Alwan for the Arts presents:

Tarek Abdallah (vocals, oud) & Adel Shams El-Din (vocals, riqq)

Tickets: $20 General l $15 Students & Seniors

Available at the door or online (Buy now)

Doors open at 7:30 pm

Egyptian duo Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams el-Din celebrate the Golden Age of the Egyptian oud on their debut release, Wasla. Tarek hails from Alexandria, and is well-versed in the traditional repertoire of the Egyptian oud. Adel is an Alexandrine of an earlier generation; a master of the riqq frame drum and co-founder of the well-known sufi music group Al-Kindi. Together they forge a new path that pays tribute to tradition, while invigorating the traditional wasla song form with original instrumental compositions, engaging audiences in the worldly, cosmopolitan delights of their hometown.

About the Musicians:

Adel Shams El-Din is considered one of the most talented riqq players, capable of resonating, in turn, each of the ten pairs of metal jingles around the instrument. Introduced to percussion by his older brother, Adel made his stage debut at the age of 11. He studied with the brilliant composer and musicologist Fathi Guened who taught him the basic rhythms of percussion and the Arab maqam. Already established with a reputation of master musician in his late twenties in Egypt, Adel left his dual career as soloist with the Radio of Alexandria and mechanical engineer with the Egyptian railways and moved to Europe to focus on his career as a musician. His exceptional technique, exquisite sound, and vast knowledge of rhythmic cycles from Middle Eastern music to jazz and flamenco make him the most sought after riqq player on the international stage today. He insists on playing the traditional Egyptian fish skin riqqs because in his words, “The sound is the soul of the instrument; and that sound creates the soul of the music”. He has recorded more than 50 CDs and has worked on a dozen film scores. He also recorded a solo album, Forty Rhythms of the Middle East (Buda Musique) and is co-founder of Ensemble Al-Kindi.

Tarek Abdallah is an Alexandrine composer and interpreter born in 1975. He draws his inspiration from the "Nahda", the golden age of the art of Egyptian oud solo (1910-­1930), an era which also lies at the center of his intellectual explorations. Awarded a diploma by the Arab Oud House of Cairo in 2005, he now lives in France where he is pursuing a PhD in Musicology at the University Lyon 2. Tareq teaches a number of courses, master classes and workshops across the Mediterranean to share and popularize the knowledge connected to the 'oud. He collaborates with a range of artists spanning the jazz, baroque music, contemporary dance, theater and World Music genres.

Last updated: 2017-03-15 21:09:28

Adel Shams El-Din & Tarek Abdallah
Adel Shams El-Din & Tarek Abdallah
Tarek Abdallah
Tarek Abdallah
Adel Shams El-Din
Adel Shams El-Din

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
(between Broad St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

Alwan Auction 2016

Join Our Mailing List:



Classes are currently being scheduled. Please check back soon for updates.



There are currently no upcoming events.


16 Beaver Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732 3261
Email Us

Alwan for the Arts is accessible to people with disabilities. Please call 646 732 3261 in advance, or, buzz at the door to arrange a ramp.

© 2020 Alwan for the Arts

Hosting donated by:, the Arabic Encyclopedia