Orwa Saleh

From ancient Syrian tales and contemporary sensations, Orwa embroiders his distinctive colorful music with stories and poems.

The Syrian Oud player and composer who left Damascus 2012, takes it to the limit and further. With this progressive approach Orwa found his uniqueness through redefining the way an Oud is being played and with his exceptional style of performing and his tunes, Orwa built his career in Austria to become one of the distinguished world musicians releasing Raheel 2014, participating with windows to the east 2016, winning the integration prize of upper Austria 2015, and performing, composing and cooperating with many projects worldwide.

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© Photo: Amela Ristić, Design: Luna Al-Mousli



Basma & Orwa

This Duo is a balance between the elegant heritage of Syrian songs and contemporary expressionism. With the words of Sufi poems, Basma lights the stage with the warmth of her voice surrounded by the deep and unique style of Orwa’s Oud.
This charismatic duo brought old Arabic melodies back to nowadays life and unified Arab generations all around the world, with their extraordinary redefinition of their heritage. The two Syrians never met in Damascus, but here in Vienna, they started working on many projects together, until they reached this Duo that explores with their music, using fewer elements and focusing on the possibilities, that one Oud and one voice could reach.

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Assembled by the Syrian Oud player and composer Orwa Saleh, this project is an expression of the new Austrian culture as a home of hope and diversity.
Musicians from Syria, Iran, and Austria are greathearted to lead
a magical journey into the world of music, words, and poems.
The elegant female voice of Basma Jabr telling stories from Syria to Mahan Mirarab's Guitar, who evokes the Persian spirit to put it in the balance of Sebastian Simsa and the deep beautiful sound of Judith Ferstl's Bass, surrounded all by the magical Oud that turned this project into a choreographed dance of warm melodies and thoughts.

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Music In Touch

It is the longtime collaboration between the Austrian pianist Christoph Cech and the Syrian Oud player Orwa Saleh that makes this friendship visible on stage. They combine the well-tempered instrument, the piano, with the Oud and all its quartertones containing Maqqams. The trio MIT – Music in Touch, is Christoph Cech and Orwa Saleh with the brilliant improviser Andreas Schreiber on the violin. Through their music they take the audience on an unforgettable journey.

© George Cizek-Graf




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