Maqam Fest 2016

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Date(s) - 01/15/2016
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Alwan for the Arts

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Dolunay will perform as a part of an APAP showcase for the 5th annual Maqam Fest 2016. This is a show not to be missed!

Alwan for the Arts and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance present MAQAM FEST 2016, featuring six ensembles, performing the language of maqam in varied musical styles. It is part of the annual showcase of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, one of the most anticipated events in the performing arts fields which brings thousands of presenters, agents, managers and artists in the fields of dance, theater and music from around the world to New York City each January.


Now in its fifth year, Maqam Fest features outstanding ensembles from New York and around the world that bring a unique approach and perspective on maqam. Developed more than one thousand years ago, maqam is a complex system of musical modes and represents one of the greatest legacies of the Arab-Islamic world, influencing musical traditions from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to Western China and from the Balkans to the Sudan.

The line-up at Maqam Fest 2016 features:

Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden, an extraordinary group of master musicians from West Africa performing in the jali (griot) tradition.

Dolunay, infusing new life to the timeless songs and melodies of the southern Balkan region and its rich ethnic diversity.

Kiran Ahluwalia, a modern purveyor of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan who has created a style uniquely her own — a heady hybrid of Indian grooves, Saharan desert blues with elements of jazz.

Newpoli, a group of exceptionally talented musicians specializing in Southern Italian Folk Music that integrates styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone.

Tareq Abboushi’s Shusmo Reunion, bringing new and exciting definition to the international music genre through rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban, western classical, jazz, funk, gypsy and Arabic music, including the maqam.

The New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble, as the only band performing traditional Crimean Tatar music in the United States.


4th Floor
Dolunay: 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Tareq Abboushi’s Shusmo Reunion: 8:45 pm – 9:30 pm
NY Crimean Tatar Ensemble: 9:45 pm -10:30 pm

6th Floor
Newpoli: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Abdoulaye Diabate & Super Manden: 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Kiran Ahluwalia: 10:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Tickets: $30 General Admission; $25 for Students, Seniors and Members
Available at the door and online* at:
(*A small online fee is applied)

Please bring and use printout as your ticket.
Free for APAP badge holders with RSVP to Kaisha Johnson at

Doors open at 7:00 pm

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