Mazamir by Khaled Jubran in Cairo

  Mazamir by Khaled Jubran in Cairo Khaled Jubran
Khaled Jubran was born in Galilee in 1961. After his studies and teaching at Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy, in 1994, he founded and headed the Arabic Music Department of the Palestinian National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah as well as leaving a member of its Oriental Music Ensemble. In 2000 he founded the Urmawi Centre for Mashrik Music, named after the Abbassid musician. An independent institution, the Centre brings together Palestinian musicians, teachers and students, preserving existing on potential practionner’s knowledge of the Musical heritage, producing contemporary music and putting on performances throughout the country. Mazamir
Title of his CD that is to be released in February, at the concert he will be introducing 6 of these recent compositions that combine classical Arab Style with the contemporary. It is, according to him, a “music concert consisting of pure instrumental pieces for Oud and Buzuq.These pieces were composed in a manner that suits the musical idiom of these specific instruments. As opposed to the tradition of Arabic music where vocal music has been the main idiom of expression, these pieces place the Instrument at the heart of the creative process. This music aims to reveal its own essence to the listener with no verbal mediation. Hence, it is music that unfolds its own rhetoric. These compositions try to explore the widest spectrum of expression achievable by these instruments. The absence of lyrics draws the composer to search for an alternative compass thus to navigate his route through uncharted waters. Mazameer was composed during the years of the last Intifada, as the only escape road from the absurdity that endangers sanity, and as the only answer I can give to the recurring question that haunts each and every Arab today: “ Who are you?”

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