Oxford Maqam: Hailed as 'revolutionary' and 'powerfully atmospheric' by Songlines magazine, Oxford Maqam's stunning renditions pay an influential homage to Egypt’s early musical theatre and the creative and stylistic developments of the ‘Nahda’ Era, the Renaissance of the Arab world. In this concert, the UK’s premier Arabic ensemble returns to London's Brunei Gallery in what is their tenth year of performing as a 'takht', a Middle Eastern ensemble of instruments.
The Oxford Maqam: Presenting the UK’s premier Arabic ensemble, the Oxford Maqam, on the occasion of the launch of their highly anticipated album 'The Wax Cylinder Recordings'. Paying tribute to the Nahda era, the Oxford Maqam embrace the sounds of the Arab Renaissance that was an extraordinary period of musical innovation in the Middle East.
My answer is that the arts and any peaceful cultural activity have a very important and necessary duty to perform. By providing a different narrative to all the bad around us, they offer a safe space to contemplate the dramas playing out on the streets of our home countries and in the West, without the risk of turning to violence and without provoking more resentment.
Music From Egypt + Sudan (1): Presented by MARSM UK, this is part of a new captivating musical showcase in the heart of London to celebrate Egypt's and Sudan’s most vibrant and inspiring artists. A journey from traditional folklore to alternative rock, retro-pop to roots and more. This first event will bring the Oxford Maqam Ensemble in a night dedicated to recreating the best classics of Arabic Egyptian music.
Arabic Melodies Celebrating BBC Arabic's 77th Anniversary: With classical Arabic music performed live by Oxford Maqam, a middle eastern music ensemble and Syrian Kanun player Maya Youssef, BBC Arabic is taking a journey into the richness of Arabic music from the 1920s to the 1950s. Featuring music from various Arab countries including Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen, Algeria, Lebanon and Egypt. Taking place on 31 January, 2015 at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. Anyone can attend but you must register in advance.