About Nahawand

Nahawand Foundation was founded in 2013 by Omar Bashir, who is considered  an absolute  master of the Arab oud (lute), together with Leila Jaffar.

Nahawand Foundation aims at preserving, continuing and developing the very rich heritage of Munir Bashir and the oud as solo instrument. The  Foundation aims to do this by organizing concerts and masterclasses with Omar Bashir as well as other artists and developing projects aimed at preserving the heritage of Munir Bashir and Arab classical music.

Nahawand Foundation also wants to build up networks with Arab artists from countries like Iraq and Syria who have found refuge in Europe and the USA or came as migrants from various Arab countries, Turkey or Africa, organise concerts with these artists and support them in the further development of their music. Nahawand Foundation also wants to actively contribute to cultural encounters between East and West, by fostering all kinds of muscical cooperations and projects between Arab, European and American musicians. The playing together by musicians from different cultural backgrounds is in the spirit of Munir Bashir who adopted many different styles and incorporated them into his own music.

If you would like to work with Nahawand Foundation in any of the abovementioned fields, feel free to contact us! See our contact page on this site for further details on where to find us!

Omar and Munir Bashir: a rich legacy

Omar Bashir is the son of Munir Bashir, who in his own right is considered one of the great classical Arab musicians and composers. Munir Bashir was an Iraqi musician, one of the most famous musicians in the Middle East during the 20th century and generally seen to be the supreme master of the Arab maqamat scale system.

Munir Bashir created different styles of the Arabian short scaled lute, the oud. He became one of the first middle eastern instrumentalists known in Europe and America. Munir Bashir's music is distinguished by a novel style of improvisation that reflects his study of Indian and European tonal art in addition to oriental forms. It is also through his work that the oud has evolved as one of the most important solo instruments within Arab classical music.