Sirojiddin Juraev, Basel Rajoub, Feras Charestan
Maqams Then and Now
For the culmination of a series of ten public events co-presented by Aga Khan University institute for the Study of Muslim Cultures and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, interrogating how heritage and contemporary creativity enhance and affect both quality of life and sustainability in a range of Muslim contexts, The Aga Khan Music Initiative brings to Art Night a concert featuring a trio of master musicians from Syria and Tajikistan. They perform their own compositions and arrangements rooted in and inspired by maqam — a vast domain of sophisticated art song and instrumental music that evolved over at least a millennium in the Eastern Mediterranean, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, North Africa, and Central Asia.
The Aga Khan Music Initiative is an interregional music and arts education programme with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring and artistic production activities. Launched to support talented musicians and music educators, it works to preserve, transmit and further develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms.
Presented by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
Image credit: Aga Khan Music Initiative, Sirojiddin Juraev. Photo: Sebastian Schutyser