Oudist Home Pages:
Information on Oud:
Öncül and Kane Mathis"
of Middle East"
An excellent article
written by Mutlu Torun who is a famous
oudist from Istanbul, Turkey. He is
also the writer of the one of the best
oud methods. Currently Mutlu Torun teaches
at the Istanbul Technical University,
Conservatory of Traditional Music in
Another excellent article written
by David Brown.
A rapidy growing site devoted to oud
that has articles about maqamat as
well history and artists, it is created
by David Parfitt.
Web / Oud Web
A very informative and
easy to navigate site about oud. Do
you wonder why you get a lot of miss-hits
to Dutch sites when you search the internet
with just the keyword "oud,"
you can find out the answer here! This
site is maintained by Gregor Schaefer.
Another growing site
devoted to oud including photos, history
of oud, and a sound file.
A site that has oud
Intabulation Project 1999
This site is more about
the Western lute, yet it also has oud
and kopuz (also known as kopoz, an old
version of oud) pictures, sound samples,
and pictures to demonstrate how to hold
the oud and the plectrum.
Magdy El-Ashmawy is
interested in building modified ouds
such as his 8 string oud.
The best index of world
instruments, including oud, I have seen
so far on the net. This site is in French.
Ouds, oud methods, oud strings,
and oud lessons:
This site is owned and
operated by musicians, and is dedicated
to the promotion of fine Arabic and
Middle Eastern music.
in the Morning
They sell ouds, oud
strings, and oud methods (including
an excellent method by Mutlu Torun).
You can also take oud lessons if you
live close to one of their centers listed
on their web-site.
Ultimate Ethnic Musical Instruments
They sell oud, saz and
other Middle-Eastern instruments as
well as Indian and African instruments.
To see the ouds they sell, you have
to click their "Miscellany"
Viken Najarian builds
ouds which you can buy at this site.
He also has an oud method and an album
released by Najarian Music.
E. & O. Mari, Inc.,
the maker of La Bella Strings, is one
of America's oldest and largest manufacturers
of fine strings for virtually every
kind of stringed instrument. They have
oud strings, but it is not listed on
their site, you have to call the contact
number to order.
This is a German string
company which has distributors in the
United States. They have excellent oud
strings, but it is not listed on this
site, you have to call the contact number
to order. If you live in Europe, click
here to go to their official, German
Town School of Folk Music
If you live in or close
to Chicago, you can take private oud
lessons or Middle Eastern music theory
lessons in this school from a Palestinian
oudist, Issa Boulos.
Turkish Music Club (TMC)
is a Music Club specializing in the
music of Turkish Republics.
Information about the Middle-Eastern
of the Near East
This web-site is maintained
by Pantelis Vassilakis. It has information
about the UCLA's Near East Ensemble
and the director of the ensemble, Ali
Jihad Racy. This page also provides
information about Middle-Eastern musical
instruments, and Middle-Eastern music
theory. There are audio samples and
also a video demonstration on the ud by Ali Jihad Racy.
Many useful links and information
about Middle-Eastern music.
This site has information
about the Middle-Eastern music and a
number of translated song lyrics. It
is maintained by Shira
Traditional Music Festivals,
Istanbul Festival (in Istanbul,
has aimed at including in its programmes
the finest examples of artistic creativity
in the fields of music (orchestral
concerts, chamber music, recitals
and traditional Turkish music), classical
ballet and contemporary dance, opera,
folklore, jazz/pop, cinema, drama
and visual arts from both Turkey and
abroad, as well as seminars, conferences
and lectures. Each year, since the
year of its foundation, the International
Istanbul Festival programme has included
an average of fifty events designed
to appeal to a great variety of tastes,
resulting in a steady annual increase
in attendance figures. In 1977, it
was accreditted as a member of European
A non-profit organization
for the production of performing arts
in Jerusalem. They organize events
such as "the Jerusalem Festival
for Arabic Music Festival," and
the Jerusalem Festival for Religious
Sacred Music Festival (in Fez,
Every year travelers
from all over the world meet in the
holycity of Fez, Morocco, for the
World Sacred Music Festival, where
leading musicians of world calibre
share sacred music from the spiritual
traditions of both East and West.
Museum of Turkey
They have excellent
articles on Turkish music at their
"Resource Center," as well
as art news, and virtual tour of many
important museums in Turkey.
Turath is a non-profit
educational organization providing
resources for world arts and multi-cultural
Middle-Eastern Music Camps in
We review many CDs on our
"Oud CDs" page and these reviews
include links to the record labels from
which the CDs are released. All the labels
that you see here have either released Middle-Eastern
music, but not necessarily oud music or
they have released oud music, but we have
not reviewed them on our "Our CDs"
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