about abdou ouardi

Abdou ouardi

Born in 1970 in Casablanca, Abdelhak (Abdou) Ouardi began studying music at the Ben M'sik conservatory at the age of 10. He then continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Rabat where he obtained his first prize in oud Arabic and then the honorary prize in mention rather well. In 1991, Abdou Ouardi began his career as a liberal teacher of oud in Casablanca. In 1992, he moved to Safi where he taught in the city’s music workshops and provided volunteer courses in Arabic lute at the conservatory until 2000. He also teaches at the conservatory of the city of Essaouira.

In 2001, he participated in the creation of the orchestra of the city of Safi and was elected conductor, then he created a website in collaboration with Professor Michel Baron, to enrich the French documentation on Arabic instrumental scales and forms. In 2002, Abdou Ouardi founded the association Espoir de la musique authentique à Safi, which aims to promote musical practice in the region. During this period, he began an artistic career and created the Duo EMA with which he recorded a superb album.

In 2003 Abdelhak Ouardi is at the initiative of the Spring Festival of String Instruments in Safi. He also participates in the national spring competition for Moroccan song as a composer. From 2003 to 2005, he was a member of the artistic direction of the summer festival of the city of Safi and head of the committee to safeguard Morocco’s musical heritage. He is still found in Safi’s private music schools as an Arabic voice teacher and muwachahate. He also leads workshops or oud workshops and creates choirs for the preservation of Moroccan song. More recently, the author created the Belgian Moroccan trio Flamart which includes two Arab ouds and a baroque lute.

In November 2007, he contacted the French publisher JJ Rébillard, thanks to his friend Lucien Mocci at www.mediterranean-musicshop.com. The latter specialises in oriental instruments. JJ Rébillard, who is also in love with the oud, has long wished to publish an Arabic lute method. It is now done and with this first French Method, Abdelhak Ouardi has put all his knowledge, generosity and experience at the service of teaching oud and Arabic music.