- Friday Lunch: Khyam Allami
- Workshop: The Arabic Maqam System
- Installation and Q&A: Requiem for the 21st Century
Date: Friday 5 July, 1pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London, SE1 8XX
Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics with Khyam Allami. The Iraqi oud player and composer presents his new solo work for electroacoustic oud, Kawalees: Part I.
Developing modernist, contemporary and avant-garde approaches to the oud and the Arabic maqam system (the modes of Arabic music), Kawalees is Allami’s latest multi-part solo project. Part I explores the exaggeration of micro-sounds and gestures associated with the oud and its performance techniques, magnifying them with an electroacoustic instrument and manipulating them with live digital processing.
Allami fragments and distorts traditional approaches to the Arabic maqam system through unconventional melodic improvisation, yielding a familiar yet abstract language that is expressive of the current age while maintaining its characteristic identity.
Get clued up on writing music using the microtonal intervals of the Arabic musical scale at a free workshop and Q&A.
Composer Khyam Allami introduces audiences to writing music using this tonal system, including some practical exercises.
Royal Festival Hall, London
Date: Fri 5 July 2019, 3.45pm