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Jazz for Curious Listeners
Sami Abu Shumays
July 16, 2013

In our efforts to illuminate the musical continuities within the Middle East and draw out the region's relationship to jazz, we are thrilled to have Palestinian-American violinist Sami Abu Shumays as part of Jazz For Curious Listeners to discuss how his musical career fits and reflects contemporary New York City. Originally a composer and scholar of Western Classical music, he began studying Arabic violin with renowned Arabic violinist and oud player Simon Shaheen in New York, where he concurrently pursued graduate studies in composition and ethnomusicology at C.U.N.Y. after receiving his B.A. in Music from Harvard. Seeking a deeper immersion in Arab musical culture, Sami studied in Cairo, Egypt on a Fulbright fellowship, with Dr. Alfred Gamil, and continued his studies in Aleppo, Syria, with Mohammed Qasas, Abdel-Basit Bakkar, and Abdel-Minaim Senkary-experiences that led him to devote himself to Arabic music.

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