VCU: Safaafir

Date: April 16, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Place: Commonwealth Ballroom Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy's Monroe Park Campus, 907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220 (directions) (parking)
Tickets: General seating, $10 (students with ID), $15 (others): call or email Faisal Al-Qassab at (804) 828-1981 or faysalalqassab[dot]gmail.com

Safaafir presents "Iraqi Maqam Night" at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Maqam is the urban classical vocal tradition of Iraq. Found primarily in the cities of Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk, and Basra, the Maqam repertoire draws upon musical styles of the many populations in Iraq, such as the Bedouins, rural Arabs, Kurds, and Turkmen as well as neighboring Persians, Turks, and other populations that have had extensive contact with Iraq throughout history. The use of the word Maqam in Iraq is distinct from its use in the rest of the Arab world and Turkey, where the term refers to a musical mode on which compositions and improvisations are based. In Iraq, Maqam refers to the composition itself.

  • Amir ElSaffar: Santoor, Lead Vocals
  • Dena El Saffar: Violin, Joza, Vocals
  • Tim Moore: Percussion, Vocals

Sponsors: Students of Mesopotamia, VCU School of World Studies VCU Arabic club

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