The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest organized the first edition of the Ud Festival. A festival entirely dedicated to the instrument that forms the musical bridge between east and west. The ud (also spelled oud) once made a long journey from Baghdad to Andalusia, and formed the basis of a musical revolution in the West. Much of this influence is due to the legendary 9th-century musician Ziryab: polymath, innovator, composer, singer and more. He saw how to give the instrument new life, and laid the foundations of a range of musical traditions, including the Arab-Andalusian repertoire. Today, the ud appears in a number of musical genres. In jazz, it comes into its own as an instrument of innovation; in spiritual music we see how the ud reaches deep into the soul; the modern classical repertoire highlights the ud’s distinctive voice, as both a solo and orchestral instrument. A stunning line-up: The Dutch Masters of the Ud, Yurdal Tokcan, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, Dhafer Youssef and more….. 

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