Riad Abdel-Gawad
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"She Dwells about the Nile"

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 12:25am 0 Comments

Here is my latest blog which appears at Zocalo Public Square.

Riad's Newsletter

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 12:04am 0 Comments

Riad Abdel-Gawad's Friends

  • Maha Seif
  • Aymen Tunisiano
  • Yusuf Eroğlu
  • Houcine Jendoubi
  • Mohab Hussein
  • Ehab Ghrieb
  • Mounir Kélia
  • Khay Farouk
  • Kais Miladi
  • Khaled Salem
  • Islam Taha
  • mario salib
  • William Henry Evenhouse
  • Hani Naser
  • Jazmín Morales

Riad Abdel-Gawad's Page

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Discover the rich musical and cultural heritage of the Arab world through the traditions of Arabic-Egyptian music. Study the composition "Longa Nahawand" and connect with me. The project runs from March 5 – April 13, 2012. Your work on this project could land you a spot on the Musical Exchange album!

+ Join the Arabic-Egyptian Music Project Group

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Harvard University
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From the Gare de Lyon in Paris to the jungle of Cameroon, Riad Abdel-Gawad has performed his music around the globe.

Riad Abdel-Gawad was born in 1965 in Cairo, but grew up on both the East and the West Coasts and graduated from the University of Southern California. He lives in Southern California. In order to deepen the profundity and to broaden the appeal of his music, Mr. Abdel-Gawad apprenticed with arguably the most esteemed master of Egyptian traditional music — a road less traveled for a Harvard University Ph.D. holder. From 1993 to 2002, he mostly was based in the following cities: Brussels, Cairo and Stuttgart. He performed as a street musician in Paris and Brussels; was commissioned by and performed with the L’Énsemble Musique Nouvelle for the Ars Musica Festival; gave concerts and workshops in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Switzerland, as well as cofounded a traditional Egyptian Music School funded by the Dutch Embassy in Cairo. In 2004 and 2005, funded by arts organizations in Marseille and Brussels, Mr. Abdel-Gawad traveled to the Congo and the Equatorial Rain Forest in Cameroon where he recorded music and collaborated with musicians from Burkina Faso, the Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, Ghana, Morocco and Egypt.

Today his compositions have embraced Egypt’s multilayered ancient and modern histories of folk music, sacred chant and secular song. This school is the only such teacher-disciple music school to develop in recent (c. 100 years) documented Cairo history. Mr. Abdel-Gawad is considered by his peers in Egypt to be one of the most serious artists to come out of this distinct stylistic school.

Mr. Abdel-Gawad has taught music at Harvard University, the American University in Cairo and Los Angeles Mission College. He also was the Whittlesey Chair Visiting Professor at the American University of Beirut. Mr. Abdel-Gawad won awards from ASCAP, BMI, Harvard University, and the Los Angeles Music Awards. Selected workshops Mr. Abdel-Gawad has given include at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music in Cairo, Georgetown University, the National Music Academies of Berlin and Hannover and at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

Mr. Abdel-Gawad released his album El Tarab El Aseel (“Pure Ecstasy”) in 2007 and has worldwide distribution (e.g. Barnes & Noble, Itunes) for his albums with City Hall Records in San Rafael, California. Mr. Abdel-Gawad released his latest album Egypt: Mother of the World at the 2010 Chicago World Music Festival. Funded by the Sparkplug Foundation in New York City, Mr. Abdel-Gawad’s second full-length album of his own original compositions clocks in at seventy minutes. It relies both on the talents of his quintessential Middle Eastern ensemble (qanun, oud, nay, violin, percussion and contrabass), and his Western classical influences ranging from Joseph Haydn to Miles Davis. Mr. Abdel-Gawad recently played on Guarneri and Stradivarius violins in Qatar for a concert at the Qatar Islamic Museum in collaboration with the Director of European Operations of the Stradivari Society.

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At 6:20pm on June 22, 2012, mario salib said…

hello mr.riad ana kont 3awez at3alem violin shar2y fa ya rat 7adratek t2oly 2a3mel ah 3lshan atwasel ma3ak ......... ana men sohag ..thx for your interest

At 9:11pm on May 26, 2012, Mounir Kélia said…

thank you for your hospitality... i've been away from this network for a time ..so i hope to get a contact soon .. i'm exactly from Algeria ;)

friendly... Mounir :)

At 8:12pm on April 21, 2012, Mohab Hussein said…

check your inbox please

At 1:44pm on April 13, 2012, Houcine Jendoubi said…

I have no particular time

At 1:41pm on April 13, 2012, Houcine Jendoubi said…

Thank you I am also a fan of the violin :)

At 10:09am on April 4, 2012, Maha Seif said…

mmm well if it's weekend then I will try to join the official chat , I think it will be better coz I might have sudden change of schedule also ...

well about the friend , actually I dont know Yasmin :( ..does she play violin as well ??

At 9:43am on April 3, 2012, Maha Seif said…

Hi Riad , well actually a friend of mine sent me the link and I'm very happy she did , this seems like a very nice project and I'm excited about meeting you .. Thanks for the chat dates I think I can make it on Saturday and if I'm saHran on 12 April I will be there hopefully...

At 3:28pm on March 28, 2012, Yusuf Eroğlu said…


At 7:09pm on March 17, 2012, Mohab Hussein said…

thank you sir
i will be there consider it done
and i have joined the group

At 5:59pm on March 13, 2012, TreZure Empire said…

so far i've been studying vocals, and i currently perform al filila ulila by oum kathum. i would love to contribute my voice to the group!



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