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Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum




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Music Department, City University London (in conjunction with the Institute of Musical Research).

Location: Room AG09, College Building.

All are welcome. Admission is free but advance registration is requested for planning purposes. Please register by using the Sign Up button above.


Registration from 9.30am

9.45am                  Welcome

Session 1, 10-11.30am
Tamara Turner (King’s College, London)
‘Algerian Diwan of Sidi Blel: Moving and Musicking the Affective Community’

Rachel Beckles Willson and Salvatore Morra (Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘Al Kindi,Villoteau and the North African oud: The Case of the Horniman Museum in London’

11.30-12                    Tea/Coffee

Session 2, 12-12.45pm
Owen Wright (SOAS)
‘A Safavid Theoretical Text’ - 2.15pm  Lunch (not provided)

Session 3, 2.15-3.45pm
Louis Brehony (King’s College, London)
'Mohammed Assaf: Arab Idol and the Zionist occupation of Palestine'.

Ruth Davis (University of Cambridge)
Title tbc

3.45-4.15pm              Tea/Coffee

Session 4, 4.15-5pm
Saeid Kord Mafi (SOAS)
'Broadening Practice Horizons Through Theory:  A Study of Some Modal Capacities in Persian Classical Music'

Film Screening, 5 - 6.30pm
'6 CENTURIES AND 6 YEARS' (82 mins) Iran / Turkey | 2015 | dir. Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, with Mohammad-reza Shajarian, Homayoun Shajarian, Mohammad-reza Darvishi In Persian & Turkish with English subtitles

This documentary portrays the endeavors of a group of Iranian master musicians who tried for 6 years to locate, restore and record a repertoire of compositions attributed to Abd al-Qadir Maraghi, a prominent composer, music theorist, author and poet who lived six centuries ago and who greatly influenced the Middle Eastern classical music.

6.45pm onwards, a local restaurant will be booked for anyone who would like to end the day with a shared meal.

The Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum

The Middle East and Central Asia Music forum has been running since 2007 and 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).

The Forum is convened by Dr Laudan Nooshin, City University London ( and Dr Rachel Harris, SOAS (

Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum webpage.

For further information on the event please contact: Laudan Nooshin

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When and where

9.45am - 6.00pmFriday 27th November 2015

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

Contact Details

City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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