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Oxford Maqam: ‘Wax Cylinder Recordings’ Album Launch – Reflections on the Nahda era

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Music / Friday, 3 February 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall One
£16.50 | Savers £9.50*

Marsm presents the UK’s premier Arabic ensemble Oxford Maqam and the launch of their first and highly anticipated album The Wax Cylinder Recordings.

Paying tribute to the Nahda era, Oxford Maqam embraces the sounds of the Arab Renaissance, an extraordinary period of musical innovation in the Middle East. Oxford Maqam’s vintage repertoire has gained popularity for its mesmerising recreation of Egyptian and Levantine songs that date from the 19th century to the early cinema era, offering a lively and informed insight into the urban musical imaginary back then.

In this album, Oxford Maqam recreates the recording experience of popular Egyptian artists at the dawn of recording technology. The album features playful and melancholic melodies, improvisational dexterity, and outstanding singing combined with acclaimed classical poetry.

During the concert, Oxford Maqam will perform a selection of songs from both their album and their broader repertoire, before joining the audience for CD signing.

oxfordmaqam.com | marsm.co.uk

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