Workshop: Introduction to Arabic Music

Saturday 15 July, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

£5 / Pay What You Can
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Expert musicians Ahmed Mukhtar and Ruba Hillawai invite you to learn the basics of Arabic music at Bluecoat.

This hands-on workshop will teach you about the history of Arabic music, maqamaat, rhythms and musical forms presented along with a select repertoire of traditional and popular music.

Ahmed and Ruba will guide you in playing selected pieces that have been covered during the workshop.

Workshop participants are invited to bring along any musical instrument to play during the workshop. While an oud is preferable, any instrument is welcome.

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 as a way 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

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


Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Image courtesy of Ahmed Mukhtar

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