The Egyptian musician Hazem Shaheen - Courtesy of the event’s official Facebook page
CAIRO – 13 January 2018: Hazem Shaheen will perform at the Small Hall in the Cairo Opera House, on Sunday January 21. The concert will be a collaboration between three musicians, Hazem Shaheen on oud, Andre Segone on contrabass, and Hany Bedair on percussion.
Egyptian musician Hazem Shaheen is one of the first graduates of the Arabic Oud House, founded by Nasseer Shamma, the prominent Iraqi oud player. Shaheen later worked as an oud teacher at The Arabic Oud House for five years. He is currently teaching oud at The Cairo Opera House.
Shaheen is deeply inspired by various prominent Arab musicians and poets such as, Sayed Darweesh, El-Sheikh Emam and Fouad Haddad among others. Throughout his artistic journey, Shaheen has reconceived and revived many of these legends’ work.
Shaheen founded and is currently leading the band "Eskenderella" which is well known for performing a varied heritage of songs from Sayed Darweesh and El-Sheikh Emam. The band also performs pieces composed by Shaheen and written by many Egyptian poets such as Naguib Shehab el-Din, Amin Haddad and Ahmed Haddad.
His first album "Al 'Aysh Wal Malh" (The Bread and the Salt) was released in 2006 with his band Masar, while his first solo album, "Hagat Wahshany" (Things That I Miss) was released in 2009.
Shaheen was named "The Best Oud Player in the Arab World" at the International Oud Competition in Beirut sponsored by the Catholic University in 2002.