Learn to play Maqamat by Oud

Saturday 15 July, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

£5 / Pay What You Can
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Learn to play Maqamat by oud with Ahmed Mukhtar and Ruba Hillawi. For both beginner oud players and those with no experience of playing.

This workshop is for both beginner oud players and those with no experience playing the oud.

Participants will acquire the basic techniques to play the oud and understand the characteristics of the maqam music system by studying the main maqamaat together with popular traditional repertoire.

The maqamat that will be learn it during this workshop through the playing of traditional songs and piece are: Nahawand, Ajam, Kurd, Hijaz, Bayat, Rast, Saba and Segah.

Participants are asked to bring any string instruments. No experience of playing an oud is required.

The word maqam (pl. maqamat), refers to the scale or key in Arabic musical tradition. Maqamat contains 6 definitive tones, each carrying a specific mood and spirit. The scale of a maqam is defined by its tonal intervals. In this series, the intervals of each maqam are represented visually.

Ahmed Mukhtar has been playing the Iraqi oud and Arabic percussions since childhood. Mukhtar is an acclaimed composer and musician. Over the years, he has studied with many great musicians in both Iraq and Syria receiving an MA Performance from SOAS in 2003. He founded the Taqasim Music School, London in 2011 to share his extensive musical knowledge with anyone interested in music.

Ruba Hillawi is an oud musician and a teacher at the Taqasim Music School, London. Born to Iraqi parents, she uses music to bring her closer to her ethnic roots. She has performed in concerts in London, Nottingham and Canada. She is currently completing an MA thesis on the performative features of the Iraqi Maqam and the oud.

Supported by Bluecoat for Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2023.

This event is hosted by Bluecoat for Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2023.


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