Tag: Sami Abu Shumays

Brooklyn Maqam Hang: Sami Sings Umm Kulthum

March 6, 2024

7:30pm doors, 8pm music

Brooklyn Maqam presents live in the back room

Sami Sings Umm Kulthum

Multi-instrumentalist Sami Abu Shumays returns to Sisters to perform the music of Umm Kulthum.  For this special performance, Sami puts down his violin to sing several classic, full-length compositions that were written for and made famous by the one and only Umm Kulthum.

Sami Abu Shumays, vocals
Insia Malek, violin
Sarah Mueller, violin
Gideon Forbes, nay
Gabriel Lavin, oud
Johnny Farraj, riqq
Alber Baseel, tabla

About Sami Abu Shumays: One of the leading Arab violinists in the U.S., Sami Abu Shumays is internationally known as a master of the maqam system. He is co-author of the acclaimed book Inside Arabic Music (Oxford University Press 2019), He has a passion for Maqam – teaching; oral tradition – that include a YouTube series “Maqam Lessons,” and his contributions to Maqam World.  Co-founder and director of the NYC-based Arabic music and dance ensemble Zikrayat, Sami has also recently released his first solo album Circles.

A second-generation Palestinian-American, Sami originally studied Western music before traveling to the Arab World to reconnect with his roots. He studied with Alfred Gamil in Cairo; Mohamed Qasas, Abdel-Basit Bakkar, and Abdel-Minaim Senkary in Aleppo; and Simon Shaheen and Yusuf Kassab in New York.

Stick around for the Arabic music jam after the set!

$20 at the door