Traditional Arabic Music: Between History and Modern Performance

Traditional Arabic Music: Between History and Modern Performance February 27, 2012 Featuring performances on the qānūn (Arabic psaltery), the darabukkah (goblet-shaped drum), and tambourines, this concert consists of instrumental pieces from the 17th-century Ottoman court and 19th and 20th-century Cairo…

Traditional Arabic Music: Between History and Modern Performance

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Traditional Arabic Music: Between History and Modern Performance
February 27, 2012

Featuring performances on the qānūn (Arabic psaltery), the darabukkah (goblet-shaped drum), and tambourines, this concert consists of instrumental pieces from the 17th-century Ottoman court and 19th and 20th-century Cairo and Aleppo, as well as Arabic mystical, folkloric, and popular music. The internationally-known performers also discuss the history of the qānūn, the historical roots of Arabic rhythms, and fundamental elements of Arabic musical aesthetics going back to al-Fārābī (d. 339/950).

Image: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

George Sawa
Qānūn; Historian of Arabic music

Suzanne Meyers Sawa
Darabukkah; Historian of Arabic music

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