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Nashaz

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Brooklyn-based musician Brian Prunka was already an accomplished jazz guitarist in New Orleans when a series of events led him to become a beginner again, learning the oud (Arabic fretless lute) and Arabic music from the ground up. Fifteen years later, he is the leader of Nashaz, a group that finds unexpected kinship between jazz and traditional Arabic music, garnering praise and support from Arabic music luminaries like Simon and Najib Shaheen, Youssef Kassab, and Ray Rashid in response to their recently released self-titled album (www.nashazmusic.com). The journey took him from New Orleans to Brooklyn, and eventually to Haifa and Ramallah, in the process finding his own voice with an authenticity that has won him respect within the Arabic music community, whether performing with Simon Shaheen's Qantara, Zikrayat, or the New York Arabic Orchestra

Album

Nashaz

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Hijaz Nashaz; Khartoum; Andalus; Qassabji's Nightmare; City of Sand; Jurjina; Al-Ghayb; 'Ajam.

Album

Nashaz

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013

Video

Jurjinah

Featuring the music of Nashaz
Duration: 09:42

Nashaz, led by oud player and composer Brian Prunka, performs the original "Jurjinah" live at their recent CD release concert in NYC.
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Article: Album Review

Nashaz: Nashaz

Read "Nashaz" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Nashaz was founded by jazz guitarist Brian Prunka after a few chance incidents led him to explore the great pantheon of Arabic music. These meetings made Prunka travel long and winding roads. Geographically, from his hometown, New Orleans, to Brooklyn (where he studied with Palestinian oud master Simon Shaeen and his brother Najib; and to Ramallah ...


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