Alhan Middle Eastern Ensemble
ALHAN Middle Eastern Music Ensemble returns to Frontier for another exciting evening of music from the Middle East. They will present an all new selection of vocal and instrumental music ranging from a Turkish classical sama'i to contemporary popular songs written by the Lebanese composer Philemon Wehbe. The program will feature music of 20th century Egyptian composers including Daud Husni, Fouad 'Abd al Majeed, and the great Mohammed 'Abd al Wahab. The members of ALHAN bring many varied musical backgrounds to their exciting interpretation of Middle Eastern Music and have studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Eric LaPerna; riqq, and nay, Tom Kovacevic; oud, nay and vocals, Madeleine Hanna; lead vocals and duff, and Lauren Hastings; violin.
ALHAN Middle Eastern Music Ensemble performs classical and popular Arabic and Turkish music of the 17th to the 21st centuries. Alhan's repertoire is drawn from compositions of some of the preeminent composers of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. They also perform muwashshahat, a song form developed in 10th century Andalusia and performed throughout the modern Arab world. Alhan plays a number of instruments unique to Middle Eastern Music. The oud, on which the theory is given, is a short necked fretless lute. The riqq is basically a well- made tambourine which has a very developed technique including multiple hand positions and ways of striking the head and symbols. The nay is a rim blown bamboo flute which traces its ancestry back to Sumer. One of the distinct features of both Arabic and Ottoman music is the advanced system of maqamat or modes built on tetra chords and microtonal intervals. This system divides the western diatonic scale of 12 semitones into "quarter" tones. There are dozens of modes in current use today. The music also uses a number of iqa'at or rhythmic modes with patterns of five, seven, ten, fourteen, etc.. as common as three and four and measures that run to the length of twenty eight, forty four, etc beats. Middle Eastern Music, through its microtonal scales and complex meters seems capable of an almost unlimited range of melodic and expressive possibility.
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