Daily Archives: November 13, 2013

Recent Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Events at City

The second half of October saw a series of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music events in the Music Department at City University, starting on Monday 21st October when we welcomed Professor Rachel Beckles Willson from Royal Holloway, University of London, to lead a Turkish makam workshop with second and third BMus students taking the Music Traditions of the Middle East module.

This was followed on Tuesday 22nd October by a concert – part of the Inside Out Festival – of music from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East with Kalia Baklitzanaki on voice, nay and naval, Jon Banks on kanoun, Ruth Goller on double bass and percussionist Vasillis Sarikis on riq, darbuka, frame drum and cajon. The band performed a range of pieces including both traditional songs, some collected by Kalia during her travels and from her native Crete, and original material.

Also part of the Inside Out Festival was the half-day conference on Wednesday 23rd October focused on Middle Eastern music in the urban UK and featuring a number of speakers and performers. The event was organised by City PhD student Miranda Crowdus and included a presentation by another PhD student, Seth Ayyaz. The afternoon ended with a performance of Iraqi-Jewish music by Sara Manasseh and Keith Clouston (see separate blog entry).

Finally, on Saturday 26th October, City lecturer Laudan Nooshin presented a talk in the beautiful setting of the Mosaic rooms in Kensington, part of both the Inside Out Festival and the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s annual Nour Festival of Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture. The panel was entitled “Iran: An Overview of Classical and Popular Musical Developments” and included 3 speakers talking about different aspects of contemporary music in Iran. Laudan’s talk was about experimental practices among young Iranian musicians.




Professor Stephen Cottrell hosts British Academy Panel Discussion

Professor Stephen Cottrell was recently involved in the organisation of a conference on the well-known Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, held at the British Academy.  Follow the youtube link below to see his discussion with composer Gavin Bryars, folk singer Martin Carthy, and cellist Steven Isserlis about their experiences of being on the programme, and their thoughts on music, autobiography and memory.

Ian Pace – Recording of Michael Finnissy The History of Photography in Sound now available – also 290 page free book considering sources, techniques and meaning

Ian Pace’s new recording of Michael Finnissy’s five-and-a-half-hour piano cycle The History of Photography in Sound, was released in October, and is now available via Amazon for under £23 – see http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GCST93I/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

Also, on the website of Divine Art records, is a hugely extended version of the programme booklet, amounting to a 290-page book on the work considering each of its chapters in turn, as well as the cycle as a whole, with a wealth of musical and other examples. This can be downloaded for free here – http://www.divine-art.co.uk/CD/HOPIS.htm