Adnan's Composition

Two weeks after he first touched the oud, Adnan started writing his first song. Since then, Adnan knew his destiny and that his life journey would be one of a composer.

Through his musical journey, Adnan wrote music in different genres in both Middle Eastern and Western music.

As for his solo oud compositions, Adnan was inspired by what he likes to call ‘the trinity of oud masters’, of which it comprises Farid Al-Atrash, Munir Bashir, and Naseer Shamma. He was also influenced by other oud masters such as Al-Sharif Muhyeddeen Haidar, Omar Naqeshbandi, and Jamil Bashir.

As for writing Arabic lyrical music, Adnan wrote many songs, using different Arabic dialects from Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian, to formal Arabic. His songs cover a wide range of musical styles- folk, Arabic classical, dance, expressive, and children songs. The major inspiration in writing Arabic songs was ‘the trinity of Arabic composers’- Zakaraia Ahmad, Reyadh Assonbaati, and Baligh Hamdi. Other masters also had a big impact on Adnan’s compositions. Some of whom are Sayed Darweesh, Mohammad Al-Qasabji, Mohammad Abdel Wahab, Farid Al-Atrash, Mohammad Al-Mougi, Rahbani brothers, Ammar Al-Sherei, Ziad Rahbani, and Marcel Khalife.

On the other hand, his studies of Western classical music influenced Adnan to write Western music. He wrote pieces for solo, due, electronic, chamber, big ensemble, and full orchestra. Again, Adnan’s fascination about music put no limits to which genre and style he writes in, ranging from classical to jazz and contemporary music.

In February 2011, Adnan released his debut album Dinaan, which is comprised of some of his compositions for the oud. You can listen to the CD on the right hand widget. You can also purchase and download the album at the discography page.

Tracks 9-12 feature recording Adnan made at the ABC studios in Australia.

In 2014, Adnan was awarded a City of Melbourne Arts Grant to produce a new album, Syrian Orpheus, comprised of original compositions for solo oud. The album was released in November 2014.

When we judge an artistic work

We are not evaluating the work itself

But rather evaluating our own taste.

Adnan Baraky

Adnan Baraky