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Operetta Majnun Layla and an evening of Egyptian classics




Series: City University London Concert Series


All are still welcome to attend the pre-concert talk between 4pm and 5pm in Room AG03  given by Tarik Beshir, Yara Salahiddeen, Martin Stokes and others involved in the reconstruction of the operetta on the performance and the issues is raises.


Maqam is delighted to be accompanied by King's College London students for a programme spanning four decades of Egypt's ever evolving musical scene.

The ensemble will perform the songs of two of the most popular figures in the history of Arabic music, composer Muhammad Abdel Wahab (1902 - 1991) and singer Abdel Halim Hafez (1929 - 1977), whose music ranges from the early takht like songs of the 1920s to more complex orchestral arrangements of the 1940s and then onto film noir style music of the 1960s.

Oxford Maqam is a Middle-Eastern musical ensemble like no other in the UK.Formed in the traditional takht combination of instruments, Maqam performs in a contemporary style but with an ear towards the more fluid and improvisatory practices at the turn of the 20th century, also known as a period of musical renaissance from Istanbul to Cairo.

The ensemble is most interested in exploring and presenting the cosmopolitan recorded repertory of the Middle East during what was a moment of great cultural vitality and innovation.

Since forming in 2009, Maqam has featured in The Guardian's 'Pick of the Week' and on BBC Radio Oxford, as well as performing in prestigious venues such as the British Museum and Oxford's Holywell Music Room.









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When and where

7.00pm - 8.30pmTuesday 14th May 2013

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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