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Friday Lunch: Khyam Allami

Part of New Music Biennial

Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics with Khyam Allami. The Iraqi oud player and composer presents his new solo work for electroacoustic oud, Kawalees: Part I.

Developing modernist, contemporary and avant-garde approaches to the oud and the Arabic maqam system (the modes of Arabic music), Kawalees is Allami’s latest multi-part solo project. Part I explores the exaggeration of micro-sounds and gestures associated with the oud and its performance techniques, magnifying them with an electroacoustic instrument and manipulating them with live digital processing.

Allami fragments and distorts traditional approaches to the Arabic maqam system through unconventional melodic improvisation, yielding a familiar yet abstract language that is expressive of the current age while maintaining its characteristic identity.

Allami is a PRSF New Music Biennial composer. He presents a new commission at Southbank Centre, the immersive sound installation Requiem for the 21st Century, as part of New Music Biennial. The installation is open all weekend, with a special performance on Saturday 6 July at 5.30pm.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer