Amal Waqar is a young Omani oud player and composer. She is a truly exceptional musician who plays an instrument that is not traditionally played by women. Amal was captivated by sound from a young age and clandestinely listened to music throughout her childhood. She began playing oud at fifteen after first being introduced to the instrument in the shop of a local tradesman. She came to the Boston area to attend Berklee College of Music where she has studied with oud master Simon Shaheen. Creative and charismatic, 22-year-old Amal is only beginning to carve out her place in the international music scene. She continues to expand on the instrument’s current and potential capabilities.
An extension of Amal’s unique musical perspective lies in her compositions, which often tease listeners with creative and unconventional interpretations of traditional rhythms and melodies.
For this performance, Amal will be accompanied by percussionist Kan Yanabe and Panos Aivas on the ancient string instrument, the kanun.
Amal performing a solo piece ...
A khaliji inspired tune co-written by Amal Waqar and cellist Mike Block that they performed together this past spring with Tareq Rantisi on percussion and Ceren Türkmenoglu on violin ...
Amal performing at Berklee in 2017 with the Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble ...
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