Hasan Hujairi

Despite his interest in the Oud at a young age, it was not until Hasan went abroad in pursuit of higher education that he felt a need to play it. Hasan links this need to a sense of urgency in rediscovering his heritage and identity.


He had been playing Classical Guitar for some years by the time he began university and was often performing Classical Middle Eastern music in various cultural events while studying in the United States.

Upon receiving a scholarship from the Japanese government in 2005 to pursue his graduate studies in Economic History, Hasan moved to Tokyo. In Tokyo, he found much support for his music and has been active performing in various places such as the Imperial Hotel and NHK Broadcasting Museum. Hasan has also collaborated with a number of artists, both Japanese and non-Japanese, and gave performances that included fusing the Oud with Shakuhachi, Austrian Zither, Santur, Koto and Experimental Guitar.

Hasan studied Oud under the direction of Iraqi Oud virtuoso Saad Mahmoud Jawad.


You can listen to a recording he did as a duet between Oud and Japanese Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) here, or visit his MySpace Page to listen to more of his music.

You can also watch this video of a small concert he did in Tokyo:


We will be posting up a link to his website with music as soon as it is done. Until then, you can take a look at his blog about his life and music in Japan.

17 comments:

Pretzel said...

i love your music. touches deep down in the soul

Hasan said...

Pretzel,

Thanks for the encouragement.

Hasan

Anonymous said...

i like the style. so are you in japan now hujairi?

Hasan said...

anonymous,

Yes, I'm in Tokyo right now. I've been here for three years. When I'm not studying, I'm playing the Oud :)

ahmadation said...

nice ;)

Buzzerk said...

Hasoooon how u doin buddy?? rockin the oud now ha? I know another guy who switched to oud from guitar and i believe it's a step in the right direction.. diggin your stuff! If you need any production or any sort of collaboration, let me know!

Hasan said...

hey hey hey Buzzerk,

It's been ages.. How are things going? I heard your work and was impressed. Long story short I decided to pick up the Oud as a way of self-discovery; I still play the guitar whenever I have the chance, though.

If you'd like to chat about production/collaboration, email's the best way of catching me - I'll shoot you a message soon.

Ganja Flow said...

Love the music! When will you be posting up more of it?

Hasan said...

G. Flow,

Thanks! I've actually just recorded a few new tracks. I'll be putting them up soon!

wishbone said...

beautiful music...

Anonymous said...

beautiful music :) keep it up bro, lets hear some more of it!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I'm looking for oud master/teacher in bahrain. coulds you please name them...

Malaysian in Bahrain

Hasan said...

wishbone and anonymous: thanks for your encouragement.

Malaysian in Bahrain: Check out the Bahrain Music Institute. Sa'ad Jawad, the Oud teacher there, is an excellent teacher and an amazing musician.

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