Mohamed Aadroun, Yassine Boussaid, Mohamed Chairi (Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest)

The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest organized the first edition of the Ud Festival in 2016. A festival entirely dedicated to the instrument that forms the musical bridge between east and west. The ud (also spelled oud) once made a long journey from Baghdad to Andalusia, and formed the basis of a musical revolution in the West. Much of this influence is due to the legendary 9th-century musician Ziryab: polymath, innovator, composer, singer and more. He saw how to give the instrument new life, and laid the foundations of a range of musical traditions, including the Arab-Andalusian repertoire. Today, the ud appears in a number of musical genres. In jazz, it comes into its own as an instrument of innovation; in spiritual music we see how the ud reaches deep into the soul; the modern classical repertoire highlights the ud’s distinctive voice, as both a solo and orchestral instrument. Check out the current line-up for the second edition of the festival through our events page. Meanwhile, find photos and videos of the 2016 edition below to get ready for this year's Ud Festival!

Mohamed Aadroun, Yassine Boussaid, Mohamed Chairi (Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest)

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Check out our videos for an impression of the Ud Festival 2016

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A photo impression of the Ud Festival 2016

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