Baghdadiat - Iraqi Maqam Concert

Presented by: The Iraqi Canadian Society Of Ontario

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm


Hussein Al-Adhami is the most prominent Maqam singer in the Arab world. Born in Iraq in 1952, he graduated from the Institute of Music Studies 1979, and became the first professor of Maqam, dedicating his life to pursue the legacy that his masters started decades before him.

Maqam is the urban classical vocal tradition of Iraq. Found primarily in the cities of Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk, and Basra, the maqam repertoire draws upon musical styles of the many populations in Iraq, such as the Bedouins, rural Arabs, Kurds, and Turkmen as well as neighboring Persians, Turks, and other populations that have had extensive contact with Iraq throughout history. Maqam’s highly-structured, semi-improvised, compositions can take years of disciplined study under a master to learn fully.

The Maqam has its roots in Mesopotamian culture, and, like blues or jazz, places emphasis on the musician's ability to improvise within an established framework. Its sound is plaintive, often covering themes of sadness and exile drawn from ancient Sufi texts, delivered with an immense vocal and tonal range. 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.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see one of the world’s finest maqam performers in one of Ottawa’s best sounding concert halls.

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Ages: All ages
Language: Arabic

Tickets (all-in price):
Rows AA-CC: $66.25
Rows A-E: $56.25
Rows F-Q: $46.25

Venue: Harold Shenkman Hall
Genre: Music

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April 20 at 8:00 pm