I’m an Iraqi born, German citizen permanently residing in the USA. I've lived in many countries and I finally felt home in California. Apart from composing and infusing different genres, I sing, produce, play guitar and Oud, with intensive experience in cross cultural music.
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ONE WORLD is a musical journey across our planet which explores the connections between cultures, landscapes and nature. Starting in the ocean, the cradle of primordial life, flutes play duets with the songs of whales. We proceed to the beach, lulled by the sound of waves, while a sparkling layer of violin textures frolics over them. Traveling inland, we reach the jungle, and begin to hear the voices of animals and humanity. The voices carry a powerful message: We have one world, and although we are all different, we must work together.
“Evolve!" is a music adventure inspired by the recent world wide movement of “awakening”. Last 20 years where intensely full of events and inventions that let the world communicate faster and in a completely new manner. That result in our daily involvement in life of the whole planet .We are all more informed and more educated in terms of our nature and our real relationship with the place we are living in. it’s about transformation and growth, the way of each one of us on our own way.
Oud, Jazz guitar, brush-kit drums, Raq percussion, upright bass, strings and vocal, all melted together to create "Touched In A Dream" a piece that transcends cultural and language barriers, to speaks directly to the heart. I can't say much about it, as I believe that true art and music needs no introduction. Just listen with your bones, and it'll reflect to you that profound feeling. Cheers, Beshar
This piece starts with Chopin Nocturne played by Abbas Abboud who's the co-composer and co-arranger of this piece, then the tunes of Oud emerge with the vocals of Beshar AL Azzawi, improvising with a spirit of ancient Mesopotamia. Then then the piece turns into a funk, empowered by the drum track of Michael Anetsberger, and the flawless E-Bass of Osmar Okuma, with the piano, screaming electric guitar, and Oud converse with intense passion. This is an "unusual" piece by all standards! I hope that you guys like it :)
Based on an Iraqi Maqam called Lami, this piece has the elements of Funk, Jazz, and Iraqi Makam. That work is empowered by using a floating bridge Iraqi style Oud, playing a long the funky rhythm. The Flute, played by Sandro, beautifully blends with the Oud creating a passionate "dance" on the funky rhythm of Michael and the warm, artistic and elegant bass line played by Osmar. Adding to that, an improvised vocal "Mawal" singing an ancient love poem.