GLOBAL OUD FORUM 2021
Luthier Fawzi Monshed
born in 1947, Basra - Iraq, he did not inherited the craft or acquire it from anyone, but he learned it himself because of his passion for the instrument. He began in 1974 repairing the instrument, knew its secrets and perfected it.
He relied in manufacturing on the quality of good wood and the scientific measurements, and in 1978 he made alternatives to the double bass instrument in the form of a large Oud, as well as making an alternative to the Cello instrument in a circular shape and presented performances with it in the Basra Folklore Group and it met with great success, and was sent to the Department of Musical Arts and welcomed by Professor Munir Bashir, the director at the time.
He won the Golden Feather Prize in 2010 in Egypt and made several Ouds for “Naseer Shamma” like the”octagonal Oud”, with which he presented successful performances.
He crafted an Oud for Professor “Munir Bashir” before he passed away and he recorded his last recordings with it. He made Oud for a group of prominent musicians and singers. His Oud was exhibited at the British Museum and became one of the holdings of the British Museum.
He developed the Oud making industry and dealt with all the problems that the musician struggle with in playing, he also managed to address the cause of the tight strings, as well as the reason of Oud’s front concavity, especially the “Moving-bridge Oud” and still in continuous development of the instrument for the better.