Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Location: Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Lecture about Iberian and North African Music
Samuel R. Thomas, City University of New York and director of the New York Andalus Ensemble
Maghrebian Musical Cultures: Routes and Intersections
Samuel Thomas will present a guest lecture on the musical traditions of the Maghreb. This will include a look at several instruments, a discussion of the place of different ethnic communities in the performance of these traditions, and an overview of the primary rhythm and melodic systems underpinning these musical traditions.
Samuel R. Thomas, artistic director, nay, oud, vocals, and bendir: Thomas is an ethnomusicologist and performer who has been forging an artist/scholar model for over fifteen years. His work centers on musics of the Middle East and North Africa, Jewish musics, and jazz traditions. Thomas is a lecturer at several campuses of the City University of New York, in music, interdisciplinary studies, and cultural studies, on topics including Muslim-Jewish confluences in music, philosophy, and poetics, American popular music, and diaspora studies. He is the artistic director of the New York Andalus Ensemble and the critically-acclaimed ensemble ASEFA.