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Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum




Followed by a book launch at 6pm and evening concert at 7pm, details below.

This event is run in conjunction with the Institute of Musical Research. Entrance is free and all are welcome.



9.30am - Registration, College Building Reception

9.45am - Welcome and Session 1 (Room AG09, College Building)
Ahmad AlSalhi (Royal Holloway University of London): 'Introduction to the History of the Genre of Ṣaut in Kuwait'
Ed Emery (SOAS): 'The Kurdish Songbook Project 2014-15: The Right to Song and a Model for Radical Ethnomusicology’

11am  Tea/Coffee

11.30am        Session 2
Michael Ellison (University of Bristol): 'Multiple Traditions, New forms: Transcending East and West in Musical Theatre'
Emin Soydas (Cankiri Karatekin University, Turkey): 'Identifying the Ottoman Tanbur before the Nineteenth Century'
John Baily (Goldsmiths University of London): 'Playing the Dotar in Torbat-e Jam, Iran'

1.15pm - 2.15pm     Lunch break            (Lunch is not provided, there are many local cafes and shops)

2.15pm          Session 3
Stephen Wilford (City University London): 'Between Thames and Sahara: Representations of Algerian Music in Contemporary London'
Sam MacKay (City University London): 'A Shared History? North African Musical Heritage and the Public Sphere in Contemporary Marseille'
Polly Withers (University of Exeter): '"I'm not a Palestinian musician, I'm a musician who happens to be Palestinian": Negotiating Nationalism in Popular Musics in Palestine'

4pm    Tea/Coffee

4.30pm - 5.40pm Session 4
Veronica Doubleday (Visiting Fellow, Goldsmiths University of London): 'Recent Social Changes Reflected in Female Music-Making in Afghanistan'
Merav Rosenfeld (Universities of London and Cambridge, St Edmund's College): 'A Short Summary of a Long History: The Paraliturgical Song of Jews Originating in Arab Countries'

Book launch

6pm -  Book launch with wine and nibbles: Laudan Nooshin (City University London) 'Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity' (Ashgate Press, SOAS Musicology Series, published February 2015)

Venue: Room AG01, Ground Floor, College Building.


The forum will be followed by a concert, Sounds of the Bosphorus Today
Free to attend, but please book a place via the concet webpage. If you have registered for the forum you will need to sign up to this seperately.

This concert will open the City Summer Sounds Music Festival

Neva Özgen - kemençe
Yelda Özgen –cello

Ziyad (for kemençe and cello) (2002) -  İhsan Özgen
Asumani (for kemençe and cello) (2012) - Kamran Ince
New Work, 2015 (for kemençe and cello) - Michael Ellison
Uzak (for kemençe and cello) (2003) - İhsan Özgen
Evcara Peşrev Dilhayat Kalfa - (1710?-1780)
Evcara Saz Semaisi  -  Dilhayat Kalfa
Ferahfeza Peşrev - Tanburi Cemil Bey (1873-1916)
Ferahfeza Saz Semaisi - Tanburi Cemil Bey

Mixing experimental, sometimes polyphonic makamsal music (deriving from makam) by İhsan Özgen, Michael Ellison, and Kamran Ince, with that of two traditional masters, this concert shows what three different composers are doing today in straddling the borders between Turkish traditional music and the contemporary West. In Özgen's case, his perspective is completely from within the long tradition of Ottoman music, and yet these small pieces for kemence and cello show consciously embedded western influence. With Michael Ellison, for whom Ottoman music is a learned tradition, and whose music explicitly attempts to find a middle ground and then go beyond this, it is entirely the opposite. Similarly, Kamran Ince is a Turkish composer writing western music, but coming back to the roots of tradition. These contemporary experiments are followed by works of Dilhayat Kalfa (1710?-1780) and Tanburi Cemil Bey, whose style İhsan Özgen is renowned for extending and preserving.

The Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum

The Middle East and Central Asia Music forum is open to researchers, students and anyone interested in the music and culture of the region. In the spirit of fostering dialogue and interdisciplinarity, we hope that the issues discussed at the forum will be of interest to a broad audience, including musicologists, ethnomusicologists and other researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. In addition, we welcome those working on other aspects of Middle Eastern and Central Asian culture broadly speaking (dance, visual arts, media, film, literature, etc.)

Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum website
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For more information, please contact Laudan Nooshin


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9.30am - 6.45pmFriday 22nd May 2015

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