Time: October 14, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Alwan for the Arts
Street: 16 Beaver St, 4th floor
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://alwanforthearts.org/ev…
Event Discipline: music
Organized By: Alwan for the Arts
Latest Activity: Oct 3, 2012
Safaafir presents thoughtful, inspired renditions of the centuries-old Iraqi maqam tradition.
Inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Maqam is the classical vocal tradition of Iraq and one of the most refined of the many maqam traditions found throughout the Arab and Muslim world. In Iraq, the term maqam refers to highly-structured, semi-improvised, compositions that take years of disciplined study under a master to learn fully. Often rhythmically free and meditative, they are sung to Classical Arabic and colloquial Iraqi poetry, and are followed by light-hearted, rhythmic songs, known as pestaat.