"In the last century, the oud has greatly contributed to the reformulation of the relationship between poetry and music."
"All the poems and colloquial lyrics reflect a particular experience, so why not use them?"
This Friday, September 13, NYC's Alwan for the Arts will host a salon, led by Mohamed Alwan, on Abul 'Ala Al-Ma'ari. There will also be music by the Alwan Ensemble in celebration of the classical poetry of Al-Ma'ari, Al-Hallaj, Abu Nawas and the Maqam.
On February 16, New York's Columbia University will host the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz's "Symphony #3: Poems and Prayers," set to open at the university's Miller Theatre at 8 p.m. The following afternoon, a panel of creative and intellectual luminaries -- including the widely acclaimed Fairouz, novelist and translator Sinan Antoon, and translator and … Continue reading Transmuting Poetry into Music: Two Days in NYC