Onsale Times

Maqamat Academy Orchestra presents

Naseer Shamma is the Iraqi Oud player legend. Shamma is the UNESCO Artist for Peace and Goodwill Ambassador to the International Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies. He is also the founder of Bait Al Oud (Egypt, UAE, Iraq, Sudan). A world-renowned maestro, Shamma is a distinguished oud player who has received more than 60 awards around the globe and accolades and released many albums.

Anwar Abudragh is an Iraqi singer and composer. He is specialized in Iraqi Maqam and he also specializes in playing Joza (Traditional Iraqi Instrument).
The Iraqi Maqam is more than a thousand years old and goes back to the Abbasid era (750 -1258) AC. Abudragh released many albums and he is the founder and director of Maqamat International Orchestra (MIO) and Maqamat International Academy of Arts and Heritage (MIAAH) in Mississauga, Canada.

Naseer and Anwar graduated from the same conservator in Baghdad-Iraq in the 1980s.
The idea of the project Iraqi Maqam: New Vision was born in 2011 in Belgium Europe and they performed around the world along with the Maqamat Ensemble group. Maqamat International Orchestra (MIO) and Maqamat International Academy of Arts and Heritage (MIAAH) host this event in Canada for the first time to introduce the Iraqi Maqam: New Vision to Canadians and North Americans.