Jamil Bashir Proffesional Life
Jamil Bashir, a musician from Iraq, was born in Mosul, to the family of Bashir, Priest Aziz, in 1921. He learned the oud since he was young, as his father used to play the oud instrument in addition to being a maker of it. And when the Institute of Music was established in 1936, the artist Jamil Bashir was in the first session, where he studied the oud at the hands of the honorable teacher Muhyiddin Haidar, and at the same time he was studying the violin at the hands of the musician Sanudo Albo, and he was distinguished in both instruments.
He graduated in 1943 from the Oud Department, and in 1946 from the Violin Department, with distinction.
He was appointed at the Institute in 1943 to teach the Oud instrument and as an assistant to teach the violin. He was in the final grades, where he taught the middle east violin, and he held the presidency of the Music and Chanting Department.
The artist Jamil Bashir continued to study the Iraqi heritage, maqamat, and Arabic and Iraqi melodies and rhythms, which led to the emergence of Professor Jamil Bashir in this way, preserving the heritage of Arabic and Turkish music and performing the oud and the violin.
Jamil Bashir’s music had pure and original Iraqi characteristics, as he was a lot of fun, as an example of an educated artist, a brilliant teacher, a brilliant author, and a masterful player on the oud and violin. It is worth mentioning that the most prominent of his students were his teachers of Iraqi music after him, such as his brother Mounir Bashir and others.
Jamil Bashir’s production was large and varied. He wrote down the Iraqi maqams and played them on the violin and the oud. He accompanied most of Iraq’s great singers on the violin and recorded many classical pieces of music. Among his compositions is his notable return. He also recorded many Iraqi songs and Kurdish songs.
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