Safaafir with Hamid Al-Saadi: the Iraqi Maqam
Date(s) - 09/12/2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Peabody Hall, All Saints Church
Ashmont Hill Chamber Music
The maqam is the classical vocal tradition of Iraq and one of the most refined of the many maqam traditions found throughout the Arab and Muslim world. In Iraq, the term maqam refers to highly-structured, semi-improvised, compositions that take years of disciplined study under a master to learn fully. Often rhythmically free and meditative, they are sung to Classical Arabic and colloquial Iraqi poetry, and are followed by light-hearted, rhythmic songs, known as pestaat.