Upcoming Concerts & Events



The Babylon Ensemble
Ahmed Mukhtar
 Oud leader
Ruba Hilawi Oud
Konstantinos Glynos Qanun
Muammer Saglam Percussion 

Complementing the British Museum Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries exhibition at Lakeside, Baghdad-born oud master Ahmed Mukhtar performs a concert of traditional and original compositions introducing the forms, rhythms and melodies of Iraqi classical music. Mukhtar studied oud and Arabic percussion in Iraq, performing with folk musicians, orchestras and on Iraq TV before moving to the UK to continue his studies in Arabian music. He is the founding director of the Taqasim Music School and teaches at several London institutions. 



Taqasim Oud Club – Arabian Night with Ahmed Mukhtar & Ensemble






The next Taqasim Foundation concert is titled Arabian Night! A celebration of classical Arabic music forms from across the Middle East. Join us to listen to some classics and original compositions by oud master Ahmed Mukhtar.



Featuring: Ahmed Mukhtar (oud), Redha Boudebagh (Sufi vocals),
Nikos Kirios (violin), Konstantinos Glynos (qanun) & Muammer Saglam (percussion)

When: Wednesday, 27th October 2021 @ 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30)Where: St John the Baptist Church, Hoxton Pitfield Street, London N1 6NP







Get your in-person tickets here

This event is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.



احمد مختار يعزف في الأمم المتحدة Mukhtar plays in UN


يابة عن الأكاديمية الملكية الدولية للعلوم (RASIT) والبعثات الدائمة في الأمم المتحدة لدول: المجر وكينيا ومالطا والمكسيك وبولندا والبرتغال وبنغلاديش وسلوفاكيا وسلوفينيا والجبل الأسود وكوستاريكا وسان مارينو – لدى الأمم المتحدة


تمت دعوة الفنان العراقي ماستر العود احمد مختار لتقديم بعضا من مؤلفاته بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للمرأة والفتاة  العلوم ويدعم هذا الحدث العلمي الاكبر الاتحاد الأفريقي والاتحاد الدولي للاتصالات (ITU) والمنظمة العالمية للملكية الفكرية (WIPO).


وهذا المرة الأول التي يشترك بها عازف عود في هذا المؤتمر الدولي إذا سيعزف مختار مؤلفات مثل “حوار – تجوال – طفولة – سلام – امومة، حيث سٌيعقد المؤتمر في المقر الرئيسي للأمم المتحدة في نيويورك في 11 فبراير 2021. وذلك بعد ختام المؤتمر واعلان نتائج المرأة المتفوقة علميا وهو اليوم العالمي الذي أعلنته الأمم المتحدة بقرار ها 70/212 لتحقيق المساواة في العلوم والتكنولوجيا والابتكار من أجل التنمية الاجتماعية والاقتصادية المستدامة.


ستعرض اكاديمية (RASIT) وللمرة الأولى نتاج العلماء المكفوفين بعنوان كتابة العلوم بطريقة “برايل” وهي طريقة خاصة تساعد المكفوفين على الكتابة والقراءة. تهدف اللجنة إلى رفع مستوى المجتمع الدولي والاهتمام بحقوق المكفوفين وضعاف البصر – وخاصة النساء والفتيات والارتقاء في العلوم والتعليم ومحو الأمية وتكافؤ الفرص.




All my concerta are currently postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak and will remain until I announce the new dates.
I am now teaching online in Arabic and English. I am also translating the Mukhtar method oud books to Arabic.


Taqasim Oud Club: Oud & Darbuka: maqams & rhythms



The Taqasim Foundation will start the 2020 Oud Club series with the concert Oud & Darbuka: maqams & rhythms. It will feature oud master Ahmed Mukhtar and Elizabeth Nott of percussion.

Oud & Darbuka: maqams & rhythms
Monday, 27th January 2020 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

For tickets click here:  






60 Minute Concerts – Oud & Guitar





A concert of fusion and conversation between Ahmed Mukhtar’s Oud and Ignacio Monteverde’s flamenco Guitar.

When: Saturday, 30th November 2019

Where: Church on the Corner, 64 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0ES
For tickets, click –> HERE










Taqasim Oud Club: Ahmed Mukhtar & The Taqasim Ensemble

The Taqasim Foundation and the Taqasim Music School have put together a very special performance for our monthly Oud Club on the 25th of November.

The Taqasim Ensemble, lead by Ahmed Mukhtar, will present a night of traditional Arabic music and a selection of Ahmed Mukhtar’s original compositions. The ensemble consists of oud, Middle-Eastern violin (playing quarter-tones), viola and recorder.
Spaces are limited!

Event Details

Taqasim Oud Club: Ahmed Mukhtar & The Taqasim Ensemble When: Monday, 25th November 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Tickets: CLICK HERE to book your ticket – (£5/ticket)

See you there!


Workshop & Performance –
Maqam & Oud: Faith & Music in the Middle East & a performance by the Taqasim Ensemble

The Taqasim Foundation, London, has teamed up with the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, to join the first workshop of a series titled: Maqam & Oud. At the workshop, Ahmed Mukhtar will address Arabic music history and theory and the role it has played in the secular and religious contexts of the Middle-East.

The Taqasim Ensemble, lead by Ahmed Mukhtar, will perform after the workshop. The ensemble consists of oud, Middle-Eastern violins (playing quarter-tones), viola and recorder. The group has come together to play a mixed repertoire of traditional Middle-Eastern pieces and original compositions by Mukhtar.

Spaces are limited. Please book online HERE

Maqam & Oud: Faith and Music in the Middle-East
When: Monday, 25th November 2019 at 4:00 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Tickets: CLICK HERE to book online (free tickets)

Taqasim Oud Club: Taqasim Ensemble
When: Monday, 25th November 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Tickets: CLICK HERE to book online (£5/ticket)


Sufi Song & Oud – Taqasim Oud Club – September 2019


The Taqasim Foundation & the Taqasim Music School are pleased to announce a special program for our September Taqasim Oud Club!

Oud master, Ahmed Mukhtar and renowned Algerian Sufi artist, Redha Boudebagh have joined forces to bring you a very special program that has been a year in the making. Join us on the 30th of September at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden and experience the unique fusion of Sufi maqam, Baghdadi oud and Andalusian vocals.

Sufi Song and Oud
When: Monday, 30th September 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

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Musical Journeys

A concert of eclectic fusion. Ahmed Mukhtar will join forces with cellist, Sonia Hammond and pianist Camilla Saunders performing Mukhtar’s original compositions, traditional Iraqi Songs and improvisational explorations.

When: Saturday, 14th September 2019  Where: Presteigne Hall, Wales

For Tickets: Call 015475209 / 07399412030 or pay at the door




Taqasim Foundation: Music of the Maghreb

Join Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar and discover the music of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. For more information, click HERE

 مؤسسة تقاسيم تقدم: امسية موسيقى المغرب العربي مع احمد مختار

 للمزيد من المعلومات اضغط هنا

When: Thursday, 20th June 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Where: The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW

Tickets: Free admission (spaces are limited)


Stroud Green Festival – The Secrets of Andalusia

The Story of Flamenco music’s embedded roots in medieval Spanish, Arabic and Sephardic music: an exciting coming together of one of London’s most exciting young early music group Lex Musicae London, with master of the oud Ahmed Mukhtar and master of the flamenco guitar Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde.

For more information click HERE

امسية: أسرار الأندلس – عود وجيتار مع احمد مختار و اجناسيو مونتيفيردي – للمزيد من المعلومات وللتذاكر اضغط هنا

When: Saturday, 15th June 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Where: St. Saviour’s Church, 79 Hanley Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 3DQ

Tickets: Click HERE (scroll to event 11)


Ahmed Mukhtar – Album Release Concert & CD Signing

 رؤى من العراق – امسية و توقيع اسطوانة

We are pleased to announce Ahmed Mukhtar’s upcoming Album Release Concert this June.

احمد مختار – رؤى من العراق – امسية و توقيع اسطوانة في لندن للمزيد من المعلومات وللتذاكر اضغط هنا

Ahmed Mukhtar will be at the Green Note, Camden Town for a special album release concert followed by a CD signing.

When: Tuesday, 11th of June 2019 (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Where: Green Note

106 Parkway,

London, NW1 7AN

Tickets: Click HERE


Ahmed Mukhtar & Yair Dalal: Taqasim on Oud

Ahmed Mukhtar & Yair Dalal in conversation about Iraqi music, its influences and their inspirations followed by a recital of their music and improvisation.

There will be a reception at 7:45 pm.
The Seminar and Recital will begin at 8:15 pm and will consist of a 10-minute break.

Event details:

When: 12thFebruary 2019 at 8:15 pm (reception begins at 7:45 pm)
Where: The Ismaili Centre
1 – 7 Cromwell Gardens,

For tickets, please click HERE

See you there!


Maqam Moods

When: 29 November 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Where: The Mosaic Rooms,
Tower House
226 Cromwell Rd

Oud master Ahmed Mukhtar takes the audience on a musical journey, presenting a brief history of Arabic Maqams. The event explores the rhythms and musical forms through which Maqam scales invoke feelings and moods. With percussionist Elizabeth Nott.

Tickets: Free

The Taqasim Foundation has been established to promote Middle-Eastern musical traditions in a contemporary context and develop a wider appreciation for the many facets of Arabic music. The foundation strives to contribute to the ever-growing cultural tapestry of the UK and aim to organise a variety of unique concert series and events that showcase the rich musical culture that the Middle-East has to offer.


London Strings Festival – Ahmed Mukhtar and the Veles Ensemble

We are pleased to announce that our founding director, Oud Master, artist and composer Ahmed Mukhtar will be performing at the opening night of the London Strings Festival this September!

This special presentation will feature traditional pieces, taqasim and maqamaat on the oud followed by contemporary compositions accompanied by the Veles String Ensemble.

When:Wednesday, 26th of September @19:30
Where:St. Margaret Pattens Church, Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1HS

Tickets now available online Click HERE to purchase


The Oud in China – Master Classes & Concert

Ahmed Mukhtar will be hosted by the Tainan University of Technology China, between the 17th and 25th of December where he will run a four-day workshop geared towards Post-Graduate students of Middle-Eastern Music. Mukhtar will also be performing at the University Theatre on the 22nd of December, accompanied by Jamil Asadi on the Qanoun. The program will include a collection of Mukhtar’s original compositions from “Rhythms of Baghdad”, “Road to Baghdad” and “Babylonian Fingers”, produced by ARC Music, in addition to improvised pieces (taqasīm), using Middle-Eastern maqams.



Radio Sawa Interview – راديو سوا

Taqasim Music School’s founding director Ahmed Mukhtar interviewed by Radio Sawa for their morning program on Thursday, 7th December 2017 where he discussed the school’s unique leveled curriculum written in English, his new album and his upcoming Master Classes and concert in China.

أوراق الصباح/ ضيف الخميس: الموسيقار وعازف العود العراقي أحمدا لمختار – حوار في * مشاركتي في مؤتمر الاثار الموسيقية الدولي **الانتهاء من تأليف كتب للعود باللغة الإنجليزية *** ورحلة الى اقصى الشرق و أشياء أخرى

Click HERE to listen


Taqasim Oud Club

We are pleased to announce a special Taqasim Oud Club this month.

The night will open with an open mic session of poetry and music performed by anyone who would like to take part. This will be followed by a performance of Babylonian music and poetry by artists Ahmed Mukhtar, Ignacio L Monteverde and David Erdos.

Where: The Poetry Cafe, 22 Batterton St., London, WC2H 9BX
When: 13th of November @ 7:00pm

Please arrive early to be added to the open mic line-up.


 Charity Concert: Common & Kind – International Collaborative Fundraiser

A charity concert in collaboration with:
Musicians without Borders
Music Action International
Amnesty International

Address: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN
Date: 25th July 2017

For more details visit: www.commonandkind.com


Concert at The British Museum

امسية في المتحف البريطاني

Ahmed Mukhtar will play at a concert presenting Iraqi music from its origins to Modern times. Organised by The British Museum, the concert will be introduced by Jonathan Tubb, Keeper of The Middle East Department, followed by a talk by the museum’s archeomusicologist, Richard Dumbrill, presenting the history of music in Ancient Iraq. The renowned Oud Master will play reconstructions of ancient Medieval Iraqi music, as well as more modern pieces.

Address: The British Museum, Assyrian Hall No. 23.
Date: 16th of June 2017
Time: 6.00PM


 Babylon International Festival 2017
من مقال للشاعر البريطاني ديفيد اردوس عن امسيتنا في بابل ٢٠١٧

About the Concert
Written by: David Erdos
This set the stage for a recital by Oud master Ahmed Mukhtar and guitar maestro IgnacioLusardi Monteverde accompanied on percussion by Sattar Jedoa. The intricate weavings between the three instruments wove a blanket of uplift across the oncoming night, warming heart and ear and unleashing the purest dance of expression within the frame of all of those listening. Guitar and Oud are music’s ideal brothers of string and the joint fabrics and texture they create perfectly sisters the heart. To see so many masters of their respective musical forms in such quick succession keys into the spirit of this festival. It is the delivery of a feast of miracles.


Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival & Hill Top Music Festival, Goa India

Dates: 1st – 15th of February 2017


MIXED MESSAGES: “Music & Poetry – English and Arabic”

Master oud player Ahmed Mukhtar joins forces with flamenco guitarist Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde
Poetry recitation by Ahmad Al-Dosari and Agnes Meadows

A unique event fusing Middle Eastern music and Flamenco guitar with poetry and spoken word in a one-night-only cross-cultural concert of Arabic and English rhythms and rhymes.

Poetry and Music: “Music & Poetry – English & Arabic”
Venue: The Old Church, Stoke Newington, London N16 9ES
Date: Friday, 27th of January 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Tickets: £10 


Srebrenica Peace Concert




Venue: St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG

Date: 16th of July 2016
Time: 6:15 pm
Tickets: £12


Discovering the Iraqi Maqam on the Oud: An introduction and recital by the Taqasim Music School


Ahmed Mukhtar – Oud

Julian Harris – Oud
Francesco Iannuzzelli – Oud
Lucile Belliveau – Double Bass
Elizabeth Nott: Percussion


Venue: St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG

Date: 27th of June 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: £5


Ahmed Mukhtar in concert at SOAS, University of London

Ahmed Mukhtar, the master of the Oud performing Maqam and middle eastern music, during The Conference of Activist Humanities in the World

A conference on the relationship between humanities and social change, across a wide range of national and cultural contexts, will bring together academics, artists, and audiences for three days of presentations and conversations. Guiding themes include artistic expression and political struggle; academic reflection and social responsibility; faith and society; and the circulation of texts, images and bodies at the start of the twenty-first century.

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London
Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG, UK

Dates: 13th – 14th of MArch 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Seminar at the Institute of Musical Research, University of London

The Institute of Musical Research at the University of London to host Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar. During the seminar, Mukhtar will address and the following questions along with practical examples of each.

1 – What is a Maqam?

2 – What are interconnected maqamat?

3 – What are the primary and secondary jins/ajnaas?

4 – How are tetrachords used in a Maqam?

Address: Institute od Musical Research, University of LondonThe British Museum, Assyrian Hall No. 23.
Date: 13th of October 2013
Time: 5:00 PM


TEN – A Stop the War ِEffort
المؤلف الموسيقي أحمد مختار على العود المنفرد في المسرح الملكي بلندن

A benefit evening to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq – and to celebrate our enduring anti-war movement. New plays, music, poetry, comedy and performance from – to date – Nick Bailey,Richard Bradbury, Aidan Casey, Janie Dee,Stella Duffy, Brian Eno, Alan Franks, Peter Kennard,Muzz Khan, Shappi Khorsandi, Roger Lloyd-Pack,Peter Lynam, David Mumeni, Saadi Yusef, Shelley Silas, Ralf Togneri, Tim West, Ahmed Mukhtar, surprise guest.

Address: Royal Court Theatre, 50 – 51 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS
Date: 7th of April 2013


Maqamat Concert in Brussels – 10th of January 2013

About the concert: The type of music that will be performed in the Maqamat concert, stems from the spirit of the Iraqi Maqam music and relays on Arabic and Middle Eastern musical forms.

Date: 10 January 2013

Ahmed Mukhtar – Oud
Khalid Mohamaed Ali – Violin/Oud
Hassan Falih – Qanun


On The Banks Of The Tigris – The Barbican Centre, London

A celebration of Iraqi music, featuring Farida Mohammad Ali, Yair Dalal and Ahmed Mukhtar
Date: 27 September 2012





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