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June 12, 2013

Qatar Music Academy To Hold Free Arabic Music Concerts

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Qatar Music AcademyQatar Music Academy will hold two free Arabic music concerts as part of its continuing mission to foster music appreciation.

These concerts will be staged at the Museum of Islamic Art Atrium (13 June, 6.35pm) and at the Katara Drama Theatre (22 June, 5pm). Admission will be free on a first come, first served basis, with children welcome.

Marasi is composed entirely of teachers from Qatar Music Academy’s Arab Music Department. The Arabic word describes a harbor where ships return home after long voyages, and is an apt name for the ensemble as they act as guardians of maqam musical heritage from all over the Arab world. Qatar Music Academy is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and is dedicated to educating the next generation of young musicians.

The concert will celebrate the life and works of the Egyptian composer and singer Mohammad ‘Abd al-Wahab. A legend in the world of modern Arabic music, al-Wahab’s melodies have captured the hearts of millions and made him a much-loved musical personality. Marasi’s concert will feature many of his best-known compositions.

The ensemble will perform on traditional instruments such as the oud, buzuq, nay, qanun, violin (kaman) and a variety of Middle Eastern percussion instruments such as darbukkah, riq, duhul and tar.

For more information about Marasi and the forthcoming concert, more information can be found on Qatar Music Academy’s website at www.music.com.qa. Alternatively, Issa Boulos, Head of Arab Music, can be contacted at iboulos@qf.org.qa.

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