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Music of Arab America
Music of Arab America
Christopher Witulski, Ph.D.
The music of Arab American communities over the last 100-plus years shows a constant navigation of tradition and innovation. The first half of this presentation introduces some of the core elements of Arab music with examples and demonstrations before moving to an overview of how these musical ideas evoke both memory and novelty. The musical history shows creativity and adaptation alongside the assertion of a communal identity, forces that can be in tension, especially as musicians target larger audiences.
Christopher Witulski is an assistant teaching professor of ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of two books on music and religion in Morocco (The Gnawa Lions, Indiana University Press and Focus: Music and Religion of Morocco, Routledge Press) and teaches on topics related to Arab music. His recent work is building a collaborative project exploring music within Arab America.
This lecture is sponsored by Linda Grekin and is dedicated to all those adults and children who sing, play an instrument and/or support musicians. Music opens the world.
Resources for this lecture series: https://bit.ly/MusicResourceList
This Lecture Series was planned by:Carolyn Herman, John Kelly, Steve Nason, Neeki Rad, Craig Ramsay, and Frances Schultz (chair).
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 03/24/2022      
Program Year : 2021-22      
Term : Winter      
Fee : $10.00