University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Simon Shaheen, 1982-11-19

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Simon Shaheen
3 items  :  OT - 3 reels (7.5 ips, 1/2 tr., stereo, 7"); 3 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 1:40:31
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Recorded at the University of Washington, Music Auditorium 11/19/82; concert presented by the UW Middle East Center.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

A Palestinian, born in the village of Tarshiha in the Galilee, Shaheen's childhood was steeped in music. His father, Hikmat Shaheen, was a professor of music and a master 'oud player. "Learning to play on the 'oud from my father was the most powerful influence in my musical life," Shaheen recalls. He began playing on the 'oud at the age of five, and a year later studying violin at the Conservatory for Western Classical Music in Jerusalem. "When I held and played these instruments, they felt like an extension of my arms."

After graduating from the Academy of Music in Jerusalem in 1978, Shaheen was appointed its instructor of Arab music, performance, and theory. Two years later he moved to New York City to complete his graduate studies in performance at the Manhattan School of Music, and later in performance and music education at Columbia University.

In 1982, Shaheen formed the Near Eastern Music Ensemble in New York, establishing a group that would perform the highest standard of traditional Arab music. This time also marked the beginning of Shaheen's workshops and lecture/demonstrations in schools, colleges, and universities to educate the younger generation. As a champion and guardian of Arab music, Shaheen still devotes almost fifty percent of his time to working with schools and universities, including Julliard, Columbia, Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Yale, University of California in San Diego, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and many others.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Recorded by Kay Norton and Maddie Terada with Nagra IV-S.

Performers: Simon Shaheen/ud, violin; Mohamad S. Mahmoud/tambourine (duff)

Contents: Arab classical music (see logsheets for itemization)

OT analog reels digitized 09/2016 (48 kHz, 24-bit) - 82-22.1.wav (44:56), 82-22.2.wav (35:11), 82-22.3.wav (19:32).

Documentation: Concert flyer, program.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1 audiotape : DAT
1 audiotape : DAT
1 audiotape : DAT

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Maqam
  • Maqāmāt (Iraqi music)
  • Takht

Geographical Names

  • Middle East--Middle East--General Middle East
  • Seattle (Wash.)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Muḥammad, Ṣabāḥ Maḥmūd (performer)
    • Shaheen, Simon (performer)