Arabesque: Music of the Arab World
By ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network
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In this series, Georges Collinet, host of NPR’s Afropop Worldwide, explores the rich history and culture of the music of the Arab World. Arabic musicians and scholars demonstrate the sounds of string, wind and percussion instruments that directly influenced the development of musical instruments common to the modern Western world. The importance of universal musical concepts, such as improvisation, ornamentation and audience participation are discussed in the context of the Arab World, as are the ideas of musical nationality and folk tradition in the face of modern cultural globalization. ARTSEDGE, the Kennedy Center’s arts education network, supports the creative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts, offering free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, media-rich interactive experiences, professional development resources, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment. Visit ARTSEDGE at artsedge.kennedy-center.org.
||CleanInstruments and Rhythms of the Arab World||Explore the fascinating history and sounds of musical instruments of the Arab World, many of which are direct ancestors of modern Western musical instruments.||14 8 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Makes Arabic Music Unique?||Scholars and musicians explore unique elements of Arabic musical culture, including improvisation, ornamentation, audience participation, and the state of "musical ecstasy."||13 8 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStyles of Music of the Arab World||Musicians from across the Arab World discuss and demonstrate the diverse musical culture of diverse Arabic nations, their common musical roots, and where they believe Arab music is headed||12 8 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
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