Articles & Interviews
Arabic music is becoming popular world-wide. It is made up of an
astonishing variety of folk, classical, and popular musical
traditions. Many of these have survived for centuries,
reflecting the musical sensibilities of the ancient world as well as the
Ages. While each region within the Arab World has its
distinctive styles, commonalities of instrumentation, modal structure,
rhythmic patterns, performance techniques, and lyric
content extend across the area, forming a fascinating weaving of artistic
tradition that changes and evolves while remaining true
to its ancient heritage. In the last decades, a growing global audience
come to appreciate the richness of this music.
The Kan Zaman Community Ensemble takes the spirit of al-Andalus (Andalucian
Spain) as its inspiration. From the 8th to 15th
centuries CE, the Arab empire in Spain, al-Andalus, was
a liberal forum for musicians from the Middle East and Europe to exchange
ideas. It had a profound impact on the development of
both European and Arabic music. Kan Zaman carries on that tradition by
promoting respect for the music and culture of the Arab
world through its performances.
The following articles provide a variety of views and insights into Arabic
music, the music of Kan Zaman, and the people
behind the ensemble.
based on the mission statement (RFD) of the internet newsgroup, rec.
music. Arabic, written by
Kay Hardy Campbell. Used with permission. For more
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