Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Event: The Rich Sounds of the Yemenite Musical Tradition Comes To America

Musical styles in Yemen are especially fluid in rhythm with a wide variety of metrical patterns derived from poetic language. Although the musical culture of Yemen is a domain that is scarcely known and documented, it has deep historic roots and is extremely rich in genres, repertoires and configurations, and modalities of performance and instruments. Yemenite music in general, and regardless of all the differences between layers of tradition and local and regional styles, has a particular attraction and charm, virtues which have been praised since ancient times.

Traditional music life in Yemenite towns knows no concerts or concert halls, with the most significant individual style of art music in Yemen based closely on poetry, including both classical Arabic poetry as well as that of Yemeni poets over the past centuries up until today.

Abdulrahman Al Akhfash's performance style embodies the Yemeni tradition that most often consists of a solo singer with 'oud accompaniment, and percussions highlighting rhythms in subtly expressive ways. Renowned across Yemen as a musician and vocalist, Abdulrahman Al Akhfash promises to deliver a euphoric performance at Alwan with Yemen's rich sounds, traditions, and poetry.

Al Akhfash will be accompanied by Ahmad Al Roudani, a percussionist and vocalist who studied at the Yemeni Music Institute in Sanaa. Al Roudani practiced his musicianship with masters of varied Yemeni vocal and instrumental traditions. In the mid 1970s, he became a member of the Yemeni National Orchestra. He now resides in New York and selectively showcases his talent in intimate gatherings that celebrate the diverse musical and poetic heritage of Yemen.

Saturdayat 8:00pm
3 days from now · 41°F / 27°F Mostly Cloudy
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Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver St, 4th Fl, New York, New York 10004

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 for Students & Seniors
Available at the door or online* at:
(*small online fee is applied)
Doors open at 7:30 pm
For more information, including artist bio:

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