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Lecture on The Art of Arabic Maqām
Organized by the Events and Outreach Committee of the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, this is the second lecture of the maqamat which will explore the more complex Ajnās of the Arabic Music, and the more multifaceted Maqām exploring the richness of expression of this phenomenon. The Maqām is presented as an open-ended system that has a deep association with expression and affects, rather than the mythic approach of the “1000 Maqām” and the “chaos of Arabic Music system.
Speaker: Dr. Amer Didi, Assistant Professor, Performing Arts Program, AUS
Dr. Didi has taught Western and Arabic music at the Lebanese University, Antonine University and the LNHC-Beirut. His areas of research and teaching interest include Arabic musical instruments, and Arabic, Western and World music. He is founder and director of the Music School of the Antonine Fathers in Zahle, president of the Curriculum Committee of Music Education at the UAE Ministry of Education, and founder and director of the AUS Arabic Music Ensemble. An expert in Medieval Arab music manuscripts, he is a member of the Historical Studies Committee of the Arab Academy (Arab League) and the IReMus-France.
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