Art Alert: Arabic and Ottoman music with Maqamat Trio at Cairo's Room Art Space

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Jun 2021

The newly founded Maqamat Trio features Ali Omar El-Farouk on oud, Ayman Asfour with the violin, and Hany Bedair on a riq

Maqamat Trio

The newly formed Maqamat Trio will give a concert at Room Art Space and Cafe (Garden City), on Friday 11 June.

According to the information released by the Trio, the new formation “brings you music from the classical or traditional Arabic and Ottoman music repertoire. A diverse repertoire that contains many beautiful instrumental compositions such as the the Dulab, Maqtu’a, Muqaddima, Tahmila, Darij, Sama’i, Longa, and Bashraf.”

“Through this rich musical heritage, the musicians and their instruments can really shine, and when all the right elements are there, the music transcends the listeners to a state of musical Nirvana, known to many as Saltana.”

Maqamat Trio features Ali Omar El-Farouk on oud, Ayman Asfour with the violin, and Hany Bedair on a riq.

Ali Omar El-Farouk is an active Egyptian/Canadian guitar/oud player based out of Montreal and Cairo. He is an active performer, music teacher, and composer with a professional career spanning more than two decades. In addition to his role as a performer, he has established himself as a composer and producer for theatre and contemporary dance.

Ayman Asfour, an Egyptian violin player and composer, is a master of Arab and Western classical musics as well as jazz. He has performed violin with many artists in the Egyptian music scene, such as Maurice Louca, Massar Egbari, Station band, Hazem Shaheen, Daniel Merrill, and singers Ghalia Benali, Dina El-Wedidi, Maryam Saleh, and Nada El-Shazly. 

Hany Bedair, an Egyptian percussionist with over 30 years of experience under his belt, is a prominent member of the Egyptian music scene and industry. Having recorded or performed live as a session musician with Omar Khairat, Ziad El-Rahbanni, Yasser Abdelrahman, Tamer Karaouan, Nasseer Shamma, Khaled Hammad, Aida El-Ayoubi, Hamza Namira, Assala, Ruby, and more. 


Friday, 11 June at 9pm
Room Art Space and Cafe, 10 Etehaad Al Mohamin st., Garden City, Cairo

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