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Workshop and Recital: Maqam & Oud: Faith and Music in the Middle East

25th November, 2019 @ 16:00 - 20:30

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX


Workshop 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Recital 7.30pm to 8.30pm

In collaboration with Mr Ahmed Mukhtar (Taqasim Foundation), the acclaimed Iraqi oud virtuoso and composer, the Woolf Institute invites you to join the first workshop of our series Maqam & Oud for an afternoon of basic oud instruction and an introduction to Middle Eastern music and history. The programme will address Arabic music history and theory, the role of Arabic music in Middle Eastern religious practices, and famous artists from the region who contributed to the development of Arabic religious and secular genres.

The workshops will be led by Mr Ahmed Mukhtar, interspersed with talks by Woolf Institute researchers. Following the workshop, Mr Mukhtar will be joined by Taqasim Ensemble for a riveting performance of authentic Arabic music. To join our first workshop on Monday 25 November 2019, please register using the link below. This collaborative series is part of the Woolf Institute's Living in Harmony project, which is exploring diasporic faith communities from the Middle East through music and encounter.

How to book

For enquiries, please contact Dunya Habash at

Tickets are free but please register to attend at Eventbrite.

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