Simon Shaheen with Rima Kcheich - Classical Arab Music

Saturday, March 1

Time:  7 pm Talk on Arab Music by Simon Shaheen , 8 pm Show      

Location: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Simon Shaheen performs works from the classical Arab repertoire - traditional and contemporary pieces from the Levant and Egypt. The music is composed in the traditional maqam, a modal form that utilizes microtonal intervals and requires considerable improvisational skill. It is melismatic, often deeply meditational and virtuosic. He is joined by the exquisite Lebanese vocalist

Rima Khcheich in a program encompassing music from the ancient courts of Al-Andalus to songs from the 1940s and '50s Egypt and Lebanon by such composers as

Mohamed Abdel Wahab, the Rahbani Brothers, and Zakariyya Ahmad.  

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