Oud player
A performer strums the oud at the 2011 Jerusalem international oud fest. Photo by Shamai Nachteiler
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If you’re interested in some of the region's oldest musical traditions, the annual Tel Aviv oud festival is the place to be this week.

The 10th annual fest at the Tzavta Theater celebrates the past and present of this pear-shaped musical instrument, which is considered a precursor of the guitar and is traditionally used in Middle Eastern and North African composition.

Similar to the lute, the oud has a rich heritage going back thousands of years. Musicians can bend and slide the notes to create a unique playing style, and the instrument's evocative, exotic sound conjures up visions of Levantine vistas.

You’ll be able to find some of the country’s most talented musicians paying homage to the oud by way of classic pieces, original creations and musical collaborations. Algerian pianist Maurice El Médioni will be hosting an evening of Arab-Jewish-Andalusian soul music, while the fantasy piece “Sands,” performed by Mark and Peretz Eliyahu with guest singer Ilana Eliya, combines the traditional sounds of Kurdistan with Western touches.

Daily performances from Sunday, August 19 – Saturday, August 25

Info: (03) 6950156
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