BHS Presents Program on Middle Eastern Music

On Thursday evening, April 21, starting at 6:00, the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton), in conjunction with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, will present at the Society a lecture by Dr. Anne Rasmussen (photo), an ethnomusicologist and professor at the College of William and Mary, on the subject “Middle Eastern Music in Brooklyn: The New York Nahda.” Admission is a suggested donation of $5. More details are here.

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  • http://Building Jeffrey J Smith

    The music of the Middle East, like the middle east itself is very
    complex and multifacited. There seems to be a music for every
    culture and sub culture. complex textured layers of sound.

    People who may feel that Middle eastern music is remote
    from thier life experiance should know, for example that
    Dick Dale is a Lebanese. He trained on his uncles oud
    then transferred the oud (and santur) riffs to a fender strat and it became…SURF MUSIC…

    There coudn’t be a Beach boys or that whole surf era,
    WITHOUT the bended notes and slide techniques of centuries
    of middle eastern musicians….

    Just get on You Tube…theres HUNDREDS of ultra rare ultra great surf classics on there for the listening…try the silver jets…
    well, its all ME music at base which was exposed to the vibrant community of the west coast euro musical industry at the time.

  • RF