Robert Browning Associates in partnership with Brooklyn Maqam presents
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:00pm
ABDULRAHMAN AL-AKHFASH with ZAFIR TAWIL / AMAL WAQAR with TAREQ RANTISI
A Night in Arabia: Music of Yemen & Oman
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue
Downtown Brooklyn | tel. 917-267-0363
The music of the Arabian peninsula is far less documented and more rarely heard than that of the Levant and of Egypt. On the southern edge of the peninsula lies Yemen, a country with an ancient history, remarkable architecture, and a rich musical culture that is steeped in the classic Arabic tradition of sung poetry. Both Yemen and its neighbor Oman are seafaring nations with a long history of trade with East Africa and Asia and have thus absorbed musical influences from these regions, as well as from nomadic tribal culture.
Yemeni singer and ‘ud (lute) player Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash has a wide command of Yemeni genres and is particularly noted for his contribution to and development of the Sanani (North Yemen) tradition of classical Arabic and Yemeni songs. He has built a considerable reputation throughout Yemen and the Yemeni diaspora for his performances which include both traditional songs and his own compositions. He is accompanied by Palestinian multi-instrumentalist Zafer Tawil and others to be announced.
Amal Waqar is a young singer and ‘ud player from the coastal city of Muscat, Oman. She began playing the ‘ud, an instrument traditionally played by men, in her late teenage years and began her studying and performing career six years ago. Currently living in Boston, she continues her musical education at Berklee College and dedicates much of her time to teaching ‘ud to women and developing pedagogy. She sings and plays both traditional Omani songs and her own compositions. She is accompanied by Palestinian percussionist Tareq Rantisi.
Tickets: $30; students, seniors $26