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This oud player lives for music, steers clear of politics

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Oud player Wassim Odeh has performed in the annual Oud Festival more than once, but this year will be a first — as he is playing with his own band, swapping out a guitar and saxophone in favor of an accordion, violin, cello, percussion and, of course, the oud.

“I wanted to perform with a band that’s unique but also safeguards Eastern and Arabic music,” said Odeh. “So we gave up the guitar and saxophone this time.”

Odeh and his band will perform “Nazareth Nights” on Friday, November 19, at 12 p.m., a concert of Odeh’s own music, part of his new, third album.

“I never planned to write music,” said Odeh. “An idea comes and I go with it. Sometimes, I write music that’s very modern and I add other elements like flamenco. Sometimes, it’s more classical Arabic music, but music has to birth naturally.”

Odeh has been playing oud since he was a teenager, having studied music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He…

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