Artists

Xavier Carlier

Conductor

Aziza Salahova

Violin

Valentine Dubrux

Clarinet

Hakim Talbi

Piano

Program

Qoutayba Neaimi

Ûr for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Qoutayba Neaimi

Question for Solo Violin

Judith Adler de Oliveira

Qowl – Overture to the cantata Salam

Qoutayba Neaimi

Salam – Cantata for eight Voices and Ensemble

Approximate running time: 1h 20m without intermission

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. The program comes to a close with a concert of recent works by Qoutayba Neaimi. The Iraqi composer, who studied in Baghdad and Mons (Belgium) and is currently working on the first-ever Arabic-French opera, forges a powerful contemporary aesthetic that transcends cultural borders by blending musical traditions of the Middle East and Europe. At the core of the program is the cantata Salam, a vibrant musical homage to the common ground shared by founding civilizations of the Middle East and Europe.