RIYADH: The Saudi Music Commission recently inaugurated its Oud House project in Riyadh and has invited applications from people interested in learning how to play Arabic musical instruments.
Traditional instruments such as the oud, duf, rebab, and mizmar, commonly played at celebrations in the Kingdom, are a key part of the country’s musical culture.
Oud House has been set up as a training center for musicians under the guidance and supervision of maestro Naseer Shamma and will offer lectures and workshops.
The oud, which dates back more than 3,000 years, is one of the oldest and most important stringed instruments in the Arab world’s musical heritage and has played a significant role through history.
The Oud House curriculum will include lessons led by musical experts on playing instruments such as the flute, bezek, cello, and violin.
The project aims to promote Arabic culture, raise awareness about the significance of the oud, and foster a global community of professional oud players.
After undergoing a period of training and rehearsals, students will have the opportunity to participate in concerts.
The establishment of Oud House forms part of the Music Commission’s work to enhance the music industry in Saudi Arabia, encourage its growth, and provide training and empowerment opportunities for local talent.
The commission aims to develop the institute to be a globally recognized center, spread awareness about Arabic musical instruments, specifically the oud, and preserve the heritage of Arabic music.
Registration is open until Sept. 21 via https://engage.moc.gov.sa/reg_form/tracks/2853/new.