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A Concert of Arabic Music

© 2004, NITLE

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In this video of a live performance for the al-Musharaka conference in the summer of 2004, Ken Habib (`ud), Anne Elise Thomas (qanun), and Stephanie Miscovich (riqq, tabla, and daff) present musical selections from the Mashreq region. The video primarily features repertoire from the urban art music traditions of cities such as Cairo, Beirut, and Aleppo. Several examples of Levantine folk and debke (traditional dance) music are also included. Between selections, the performers provide contextual information about the pieces and briefly explain a few key concepts in Arab music, including maqam (melodic mode), iqa` (rhythmic mode), and taqasim (improvisation), as well as the Arab musical forms dulab, sama`i, and waslah. Ken Habib is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he specializes in the classical and popular music of the Middle East and the United States of America. His dissertation examines the music culture that has developed over the past half century around the Lebanese superstar singer, Fairouz and the cosmopolitan Rahbani composers. Anne Elise Thomas is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at Brown University, where she is writing her dissertation on the music institutions and informal networks of musical training in Cairo and Amman. Stephanie Miscovich studied Middle Eastern rhythms and percussion at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and now performs as a percussionist in the Boston area.

Three waslat (sets) make up this segment, grouped according to their maqam. The selections, in order, are:

Waslah in Maqam Hijazkar Kurd
Dulab Hijazkar Kurd (traditional)
Taqasim on the qanun
Sama`i Hijazkar Kurd (Tatyos)
Nasam `Alayna al-Hawa (Rahbani Brothers)

Waslah in Maqam Bayyati Dulab Bayyati (traditional)
Taqasim on the `ud
Sama`i Bayyati al-Thaqil (composer unknown)
Nagham Bayyati “Bayyati ditty� (Ahmed al-Hifnawi) (includes `ud taqasim)
Billadhi Askara (traditional muwashshah)
Taqasim on the qanun
Jayib li Salam (Philemon Wehbe)
Sa’aluni an-Nass (Ziyad Rahbani)
Ya Mariq at-Tawahin (traditional)
`Ala Dal`una (traditional debke, arranged by Ken Habib)

Waslah in Maqam Hijaz Dulab Hijaz (Ken Habib) (includes qanun taqasim)
Bashraf Farahfaza (Isma`il Haqqi)
Il Hilwa Di (Sayyid Darwish)
Ah ya Zayn (traditional)

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