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Now in its fifth year, Maqam Fest features outstanding ensembles from New York and around the world that bring a unique approach and perspective on maqam. Developed more than one thousand years ago, maqam is a complex system of musical modes and represents one of the greatest legacies of the Arab-Islamic world, influencing musical traditions from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to Western China and from the Balkans to the Sudan.

The line-up at Maqam Fest 2016 features:

Abdoulaye Diabate and the Super Manden, an extraordinary group of master musicians from West Africa performing in the jali (griot) tradition.

The New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble, as the only band performing traditional Crimean Tatar music in the United States.

Dolunay, infusing new life to the timeless songs and melodies of the southern Balkan region and its rich ethnic diversity.

Kiran Ahluwalia, a modern purveyor of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan who has created a style uniquely her own -- a heady hybrid of Indian grooves, Saharan desert blues with elements of jazz.

Newpoli,  a group of exceptionally talented musicians specializing in Southern Italian Folk Music that integrates styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone.  

Tareq Abboushi and Shusmo Reunion, bringing new and exciting definition to the international music genre through rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban, western classical, jazz, funk, gypsy and Arabic music, including the maqam.

Maqam Fest is presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Alwan for the Arts. It is part of the annual showcase of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, one of the most anticipated events in the performing arts fields which brings thousands of presenters, agents, managers and artists in the fields of dance, theater and music from around the world to New York City each January.


Alwan for the Arts (View)
16 Beaver St. 4th Fl
New York, NY 10004
United States


Music > Festivals

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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