Master instrumentalists from Iraq, Pakistan and Spain come together for a mesmerising performance of oud, Flamenco guitar, tabla and sitar.
Naseer Shamma is one of the world’s pre-eminent oud players and composers – revered both in his home country of Iraq and worldwide, he was recently named a UNESCO Artist for Peace. For Spirits he brings with him three distinguished players from around the world, each experts in their respective musical traditions who are united in their understanding of a transcendental musical language.
Percussionist for the night is Shahbaz Hussain, one of the most promising tabla players of his generation and the recipient of the prestigious ‘Son of Lahore’ award from the Pakistan government. Also from Pakistan is sitar player Ashraf Sharif Khan who – as the third son of the legendary Ustad Muhammad Sharif Khan Poonchwala – has inherited a rich musical heritage that stretches back hundreds of years. Completing the quartet line-up is Spanish guitarist Carlos Piñana, who hails from a family synonymous with the Flamenco tradition and has in his own career brought this culture to audiences worldwide.