Qatar Music Academy to hold free Arab music concerts

Qatar Music Academy to hold free Arab music concerts

Publication Date:
09/06/13 9:35 AM
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Qatar Music Academy, the Qatar Foundation division dedicated to educating the next generation of young musicians, announced that it will hold two free Arab music concerts as part of its continuing mission to foster music appreciation.

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Qatar Music Academy, the Qatar Foundation division dedicated to educating the next generation of young musicians, announced that it will hold two free Arab music concerts as part of its continuing mission to foster music appreciation. These concerts will be staged at the Museum of Islamic Art Atrium (13 June, 6.35pm) and at the Katara Drama Theatre (22 June, 5pm). Admission will be free on a first come, first served basis, with children welcome.

Marasi is comprised entirely of teachers from Qatar Music Academy’s Arab Music Department. Marasi in Arabic describes a harbour where ships return home after long voyages, and is an apt name for the ensemble as they act as guardians of maqam musical heritage from all over the Arab world.

The concert will celebrate the life and works of the Egyptian composer and singer, Mohammad ‘Abd al-Wahab. A legend in the world of modern Arabic music, al-Wahab’s Arabic melodies have captured the hearts of millions and made him a much-loved musical personality. Marasi’s concert will feature many of his best-known compositions.

Dr. Abdul Ghafour Al Heeti, Principal of Qatar Music Academy, said: ‘Marasi provides our students and the wider community with opportunities to explore theoretical, practical and historical interests in maqam music. This comes in line with our vision of promoting music appreciation and awareness in Qatar, to foster new talent and to preserve the legacy of Arabian musical culture. We welcome everyone to our two forthcoming concerts and to share in our passion for Arab music’.

The ensemble will perform on traditional instruments such as the `ud, buzuq, nay, qanun, violin (Kaman) and a variety of Middle Eastern percussion instruments such as darbukkah, riq, duhul and tar.

Issa Boulos, Head of Arab Music at Qatar Music Academy, explained that ‘we established Marasi to explore an eclectic range of classical, neo-classical and popular forms of Arab music from throughout the Middle East, and to showcase the compositional and improvisational techniques unique to our culture. Al-Wahab is considered by art critics to have given modern Arabic songs their musical form, and these two free concerts will be a stirring tribute to this giant of Arab music.’
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