Arabic Music Days 2020 (Copy)

Music, Visual Art 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 visual art and film from the Arab world, continuing the tradition from previous years. For the opening concert, Shamma is joined by highly acclaimed masters of string and percussion instruments from diverse musical traditions—including oud, qanun, sitar, bouzouki, Kurdish daf, and Brazilian drums. 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.

An online exhibition featuring works by visual artists Mohammad Jaloos and Fakher Mohammad and free streams of recent Sudanese films, available here on this website, are complementing the musical events.

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Fakher Mohammad

Online Exhibition

Mohammad Jaloos

Online Exhibition


Talking About Trees

A film by Suhaib Gasmelbari

You Will Die at Twenty

A film by Amjad Abu Alala


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