Moroccan singer Karima Skalli and the Asil Ensemble perform three Burdas – song cycles combining poetry and music, which have inspired the greatest Arab composers and poets across the centuries.
The concert, featuring the music of Umm Kulthoum and Mustafa Said, is presented by Shubbak and Abu Dhabi Festival and opens our music programme at the Barbican.
A well known classical Burda with words from the 12th century poems of Al Busari and the famous Nahj El Burda of Umm Kulthoum join a new composition by oud virtuoso Mustafa Said, to words by contemporary Palestinian poet Tamim Barghouti.
Pre-concert free events in the Club Stage in the Foyer, Barbican
5.30pm: Pre-concert talk
Kamal Kassar, director of the AMAR Foundation, talks about our music programme and his work collecting historical recordings of Arab music as a resource for today’s composers and musicians.
6pm: Pre-concert performance
Homage to Sami al Shawa
Sami al Shawa (1889-1965) was the most famous of all Arab violinists. Born in Egypt to a family from Aleppo, he collaborated with the greatest singers of his generation. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, join members of the Asil Ensemble and the highly acclaimed violinist Ahmed Al Salhi to hear about the life and career of the ‘Arab Paganini’ and listen to some of his most famous music.
Presented in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Festival and the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research (AMAR), with support from the British Council, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, UK and Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC