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Ramy Adly



Biography

Ramy Adly is a young master of the oud, the versatile lute-like instrument that shaped Arab classical music. Grounded in the main Middle Eastern, ancient Egypt and the Arab classical styles thanks to rigorous training in his native Egypt, Adly has branched out repeatedly, incorporating jazz idioms and embracing conversations with other musicians around the world. Adly has performed around the Middle East, Europe, and North America. He has composed music for theater and film, and gathered a large number of students around the world, via an innovative online curriculum he created, called School of Oud Online. His sensitive, robust playing has been heard from the Library at Alexandria to American cathedrals and schools.

Adly plunged into his study of this age-old instrument at the Arab Oud House, with Iraqi oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma. Under Shamma’s direction, Adly played at major Cairo venues as part of small chamber groups and large orchestral ensembles. He performed at international oud conferences, book conventions, film festivals, and, notably, at the Library in Alexandria, where he became an Artist in Residence and gave numerous talks on the history of music (including one as part of a TEDx event at the Library). The diverse venues and audiences speak to Adly’s ability to welcome listeners into his instrument’s complex world and reveal fresh sides of ancient music. His foundation: the varied musical approaches to the oud that sprang from different regions in the Middle East. Adly has built a reputation as a skillful composer who can merge Arab and Western sensibilities seamlessly. He composed part of the score for David Cunningham’s upcoming feature film, Day of War. He created commissioned works for a Cairo production of a Llorca play, “Blood Wedding,” supported by the Spanish Embassy, and for a Florida congregation, collaborating with a large choir and pipe organist. Whether arranging jazz pieces for an oud lead, or writing original music with global influences-- a project he debuted at DC’s Kennedy Center, Adly remains devoted to his instrument and the music it makes. Follow Ramy on Twitter: @RAMYADLYMUSIC Instagram: @ramy.adly.music and https://ramyadly.com/

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/20/2019: Lubana Al Quntar and Ensemble: Two Millennia of Musical Kinship

Dramatic, ethereal, and resilient, Damascus-born Lubana Al Quntar is a world-renowned coloratura soprano. She returns to the Kennedy Center alongside popular oud player, Ramy Adly, double bassist, John Murchison, percussionist, Nezih Antakli, and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas and a six-person choir to celebrate and honor the tradition of Syriac and Aramaic music in a contemporary light.

Presented in collaboration with Media and Arts for Peace (MAP).

Video 8/28/2015: Ramy Adly

Egyptian oud player and composer makes his Kennedy Center debut on the Millennium Stage. Adly studied at The Arabic Oud Housqqe in Cairo, worked as a music lecturer in the Alexandria Library (2011), and established the first Online School of Oud (2013), which serves students from 27 countries. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Egypt.

March 20 -Ramy Adly Headshot