Showcasing Traditional Arabic Culture Through Music

Project Summary

7 September 2018

  • Sector: Building Cultural Understanding / Society and Culture
  • Country location: Australia
  • Grantee: Dr Huda Al-Tamimi/Australian National University (ANU)
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Oxford Maqam. Credit: Oxford Maqam Facebook.

Project description

The pioneering Oxford Maqam comprises of vocalists and musicians who are renowned experts in their field of Egyptian music and song of the 19th and 20th centuries. Their self-made album, described as ‘revolutionary’ by Songlines magazine, used recording techniques from over one hundred years ago. Whilst the Arabic music scene is filled with innovators of popular music, Oxford Maqam are innovators of classical Arabic music. Their recovery and revival of heritage works is a highly original process, and their concerts offer a rare opportunity to experience live renditions of a music steeped in Arab heritage. The project promotes the understanding of Arabic culture and history in Australia through an interactive introduction to Arabic music by professional ethnomusicologists of 19th-20th century Arabic music originating in Egypt. This encompasses two concerts to be held at the University of Sydney and ANU, as well as a proposed workshop at ANU designed to provide an educational experience for students.

Key dates

  • ANU talk and workshop: ANU 25 March 2019
  • ABC interview: Canberra 26 March 2019
  • ANU Concert: ANU Llewelyn Hall 26 March 2019
  • Egyptian Embassy Concert: 27 March 2019
  • DFAT/CAAR Talk: 28 March 2019
  • ANU workshop: 28 March 2019
  • Sydney Concert: Great Hall Sydney University 29 March 2019
  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations grant offer: $25,000.
  • Total project value: $75,224.
Last Updated: 21 September 2018