Musical group Okbari on campus this week for 2-day residency

Playing the traditional music of the Ottoman Empire, Okbari will present a lecture, a hands-on workshop, and a performance, all free and open to the public.

two members of Okbari

Okbari’s Amos Libby plays oud, Eric LaPerna percussion, and Duncan Hardy qanun. Their multi-cultural music, stemming from the Ottoman Empire, traveled with the Ottomans across the Mediterranean basin into North Africa, carrying with it the musical and devotional practices of the Sufi sect of Islam. Okbari brings the perspective of Armenian contributions to Ottoman music and the ways Ottoman musical traditions came to the U.S. in the early 1900s with Armenian, Greek, Turkish, and Arabic immigrants, a number of whom settled in the Northeast. Here they carried on their musical and cultural traditions, interacting in new ways and new contexts with each other, even after the Armenian genocide.

Public talk: Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., PCAC room M223
Hands-on workshop: Thursday, April 11, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Bratton Recital Hall, PCAC
Public concert: Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Theater, PCAC

This residency  is sponsored by the Department of Music, the Middle Eastern Studies Minor, the Center for the Humanities, the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office, and the Class of 1954 Academic Enrichment Fund. Questions may be directed to the Music Department, (603) 862-2404.

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