Syrian Orthodox Music: Old Traditions, New Traditions (November 3)

Middle Eastern Music Lecture-Concert (2nd session)

The Syrian Orthodox Church, one of the Eastern Christian Churches in the Middle East, has historically developed in today’s southeastern Turkey, northeastern Syria, and northeastern Iraq. It is known for its liturgical language, Syriac, which is close to the Aramaic language that Jesus is said to have spoken, and for its ancient tradition of chanting that dates back to St. Ephrem and others in the 4th century. On the other hand, a new tradition of “secular singing” was born out of the experience of diaspora (ethnic separation) since the early 20th century, in search of identity. In this lecture, we will introduce the present state of their music, a mixture of old and new traditions, performed by musicians who live in Sweden, one of the places of diaspora.
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Date Sunday, November 3, 2019, 17:00- (doors open 16:30)
Venue Music Practice Room, Komaba Communication Plaza North Building, Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo
Firas Sharestan (Carnoon)
Maryam Alshamani (Song)
Meeraad Bahey (oud)
Georges Auroreau (percussion)
Risa Iino (Commentary)
Sponsor Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Research on the Sound Culture of Middle Eastern Minorities
Co-sponsor Centre for Middle Eastern StudiesThe University of Tokyo (UTCMES)
Risa Iino (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad)
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