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Cultural Events, 2015-16

"Music of the Middle East and Eurasia: A Lecture and Live Performance of Azerbaijani Mugham"
Jeffrey Werbock

February 19, 2016 at 12pm
Jones 202

Jeffrey Werbock presents a program of instrumental solo improvisations based on traditional Azerbaijani mugham, played on oud - fretless wood face short neck lute; tar - fretted skin face long neck lute; and kamancha - skin face spike fiddle.

  Azerbaijani mugham is monophonic modal music, highly microtonal, meter free, densely ornamented, composed of complex melodic lines that are somewhat improvised according to the eastern tradition of theme and variation, and convey a mix of sorrow and joy, exhaltation and lament, and an overall sense of both antiquity and otherworldiness.
Mr. Werbock has been giving presentations for well over three decades and has performed often at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Asia Society, World Music Institute, and presents lecture demonstrations at colleges and universities all over the English speaking world.  He has been awarded an honorary degree by the National Music Conservatory of Azerbaijan, in Baku, and was recently sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan to perform a solo concert.
Light Lunch Served.

“Frame by Frame” Documentary Film Screening & Discussion

A film by Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli
Introduction by and audience discussion with Baktash Ahadi,
Associate Producer
May 26, 2016, 7:00 to 10:00pm
McCormick 101
Cosponsored with the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani
Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies