oud and voice
Abdul Salam Kheir studied music at the Lebanese Conservatoire, specialising in Mouwashahat (classical Arab song) as a singer and oud player. There he also focused on composing in various musical idioms, which has enabled him to travel all over the world performing and promoting Arab music in live concerts and with ensembles of many nationalities. In 2006 he performed for their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Prince Mohammed of Saudi Arabia in the Llangollen Festival in Wales.
Abdul Salam has performed with Columbian singer/songwriter Shakira, Lebanese star Sabah, Arabic singer/songwriter Julia Naidenko, Persian singer/songwriter Nazanine Mokhtarzadeh and German Egyptian singer Merit Ariane Stephanos.
He has also enjoyed a number of collaborations with musicians from different cultures, including the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, renowned flamenco guitarist Juan Martin, Spanish singer Clara Sanabras, leading chamber choir Ex Cathedra, classical soprano Catherine Bott and leading British lutenist and theorbo player David Miller. He has played Arabic Jazz at the Womad Festival and appears annually at the Lebanese Day Festival in London, performing to over 10,000 people.
His albums include Musica al Hambra with Juan Martin and his group, Convivencia with David Miller and Catherine Bott, Between East and West with Julia Naidenko, and The River with Merit Ariane.
As a performer and teacher of Arab singing and oud, Abdul Salam has a longstanding association with Dartington International Summer School.