This oud is in a controlled, confident class all it’s own. A snake of smoke is caught in an orange spotlight (mandarin), a neverending spiral of vaporous myrrh that’s hypnotically soothing. As this ghost-like serpent winds through the air, it’s shadow flits and tilts across the floor. Dark wood pockmarked with splits and splinters (malaysian oud) has been polished to a high glow and it’s glowingly uneven, dangerous surface makes this serpentine show suspenseful. Oud Al-Sahraa explores the contrast between light and dark, while maintaining equilibrium. An extraordinary, yet everyday oud.