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Safaafir Presents Iraqi Maqam at Alwan for the Arts

10/14/12 16 Beaver st, 4th floor Map
6467323261
alwanforthearts.org $20 General | $15 Students, Seniors, Members

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Safaafir presents thoughtful, inspired renditions of the centuries-old Iraqi maqam tradition.

Inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Maqam is the classical vocal tradition of Iraq and one of the most refined of the many maqam traditions found throughout the Arab and Muslim world. In Iraq, the term maqam refers to highly-structured, semi-improvised, compositions that take years of disciplined study under a master to learn fully. Often rhythmically free and meditative, they are sung to Classical Arabic and colloquial Iraqi poetry, and are followed by light-hearted, rhythmic songs, known as pestaat.

Amir ElSaffar - Santour, Trumpet and Vocals Dena ElSaffar - Jowza, Violin and Vocals Tim Moore - Percussion and Vocals Lety ElNaggar - Nay

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