Art Alert: An evening with contemporary Egyptian composers

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Jan 2015

Works by contemporary Egyptian composers will be performed by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha

Egyptian perspectives

On Saturday 17 January, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha will perform works by contemporary Egyptian composers.

The evening will feature compositions by Ahmed Atef, Sabry Hmida, Aly Osman, Khaled Shokry, Ramz Sabry, Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab Abdel-Fattah, Ahmed Madkour, Rageh Daoud and Mohamed Saad Basha.

With soloists, Egyptian nai player Hani El-Badry and German saxophonist Dieter Kraus, some of the compositions will be performed for the first time.

For audiences, the event is an opportunity to revisit works by the country's renowned contemporary composers as well as get acquainted with the younger generation of budding musicians.

The Egyptian Perspectives is a platform that will give an important window for the country's composers. Should the project sustain, it has an opportunity to become the first major and important step in shedding light on the contemporary musical wealth of Egypt.

The contemporary composers were highlighted in a few other initiatives which also incorporated local and international artists.

"Arab Perspective" was launched by conductor Ahmed El-Saedi in the early 2000s, but was halted after only three editions. It shed light on composers from Egypt and the region.

Later on, in 2009, the Alexandria Contemporary Music Biennale also included works by Egyptian contemporary composers. Though the biennale was short-lived, in 2011, the Egyptian Contemporary Music Society stepped in with the Cairo Contemporary Music Days, an annual music event which creates a dialogue between the international and Egyptian composers.

Egyptian Perspectives detailed programme:

Ahmed Atef: The Great Egypt March
Sabry Hemida: Repressed Screams
Aly Osman: Fusion
Khaled Shokry: SO 2
Ramz Sabry: Dancing on Embers
Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab Abdel-Fattah: Doaa'a Al-Karawan
Amr Okba: Rhadobis (I)
Ahmed Madkour: Texture Nr. 1
Mohamed Saad Basha: Saxawala
Rageh Daoud: Mermaid

Saturday 17 January, 8pm
Cairo Opera House main hall.

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