Arabic Music Days

Music, Visual Art, Poetry, and Film from the Arab World

© Fakher Mohammad

September 17-19, 2020

Three fascinating musicians and composers are at the center of the fourth annual Arabic Music Days. Once again curated by Iraqi oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma, the program combines music with poetry, visual art, and film from the Arab world, continuing the tradition from previous years. Shamma opens the festival leading an ensemble of acclaimed artists performing his own compositions for string instruments from various musical traditions. On the second evening, Syrian singer and composer Bachar Zarkan presents settings of Arabic poetry from different countries and eras. The program comes to a close with a concert of recent works by Iraqi composer Qoutayba Neaimi. Complementing the musical events will be a reading by Bahraini poet Qassim Haddad, an exhibition featuring works by visual artists Mohammad Jaloos and Fakher Mohammad, and screenings of recent Sudanese films.

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