AKMICA was established to preserve the musical traditions of Central Asia

“For many years, I have felt that traditional music played such a critical role in the cultures of Central Asia that it deserved attention and assistance…..The need became all the more apparent after the countries of the region achieved independence and began the process of redefining themselves. When Jim Wolfensohn introduced me to Yo-Yo Ma, I realised that here was someone whose work the Aga … Continue reading AKMICA was established to preserve the musical traditions of Central Asia

Art & music merge at Aga Khan Museum concert hall

  Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq and Tuvan folk musician Radik Tyulyush approach the intensely visceral technique of throat singing from traditions born on two radically different continents, and take nearly opposite approaches to presenting their craft to audiences, but proved to be a perfect match for each other at the Aga Khan Museum. The combination of Tagaq’s experimentalism and Tyulyush’s traditionalism made for … Continue reading Art & music merge at Aga Khan Museum concert hall

Music from the Mountains of Bhutan from Smithsonian Folkways

Music from the Mountains of Bhutan from Smithsonian Folkways

Listen to a sneak preview of Music from the Mountains of Bhutan: http://goo.gl/N57LNO. Read more, listen to a radio program, and watch a video of Sonam Dorji in Artist Spotlight: http://goo.gl/w16Zgv In Bhutan, a mountainous, landlocked country bordering India and Tibet, music plays an important role in daily life and religious rituals. Historically, Bhutanese music was comprised of two genres: traditional ballads called zhabdro dangrem … Continue reading Music from the Mountains of Bhutan from Smithsonian Folkways

Book: Community Music Today - Canadian Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir

Book: Community Music Today – Canadian Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir

Excerpt from the book Community Music Today – edited by Kari K. Veblen, David J. Elliott, Stephen J. Messenger, Marissa Silverman
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Carved Ivory Plaque with Drummer Fatimid Egypt, 11th-12th Century. (Image via Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy)

Music inspired artists to depict musicians and dancers on various objects

Ivory frame (likely for a book cover) with Princely cycle imagery. Relief carvings, ivory. Fatimid (Egpyt) 11th century. (Image via Studyblue)
Ivory frame (likely for a book cover) with Princely cycle imagery. Relief carvings, ivory. Fatimid (Egpyt) 11th century. (Image via Studyblue)

Music has inspired Islamic artists to depict musicians and dancers in all media. Dancers are featured on the walls of the eight-century palace of Khirbat al-Mafjar in Jordan and on the sides of early Islamic silver bottles from Iran. Musicians adorn a tenth-century ivory perfume bottle from Islamic Spain as well as in an eleventh-century Fatimid ivory plaque. Whenever princes, kings, and other notables held gatherings, musicians played various instruments and sang at these events.
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Aga Khan University Karachi Special Event: Take a leaf out of the life of Musician Usman Riaz

Aga Khan University Karachi Special Event: Take a leaf out of the life of Musician Usman Riaz

KARACHI: Budding musician, Usman Riaz, has made a name for himself in the industry in a very short time due to his tremendous talent with the guitar, classical piano and harmonica, and has a very promising career in the field. The talented youth addressed the queries of his fans at the Aga Khan University’s Special Lecture Series, held at the Aga Khan University auditorium on Thursday. … Continue reading Aga Khan University Karachi Special Event: Take a leaf out of the life of Musician Usman Riaz

The Power of Music: STEP Teacher Karina Hussein explores the use of Music in the Religious Education Classroom | MteachJournal

The Power of Music: STEP Teacher Karina Hussein explores the use of Music in the Religious Education Classroom | MteachJournal

    Summary: Karina Hussein was working in a complementary school dedicated to the Religious Education of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim youth in Toronto, Canada when she conducted her study in 2014. This research explores the use of background music in a religious education classroom and focuses on the impact on engagement and behaviour made by the introduction of background music in the classroom. The music … Continue reading The Power of Music: STEP Teacher Karina Hussein explores the use of Music in the Religious Education Classroom | MteachJournal

Anisha Mawji: Music undergrad leaves no notes unplayed

Anisha Mawji: Music undergrad leaves no notes unplayed

Capstone course and volunteer experiences enrich Anisha Mawji’s education By Casey Blais for ucalgary.ca Being the first person to earn an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Calgary is an accomplishment that stands out for Anisha Mawji during her four years as an undergraduate student. The honours project, which Mawji pursued through a capstone course in the Department of Music, is already having an … Continue reading Anisha Mawji: Music undergrad leaves no notes unplayed

Marcato Quartet at the Aga Khan Museum: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Marcato Quartet at the Aga Khan Museum: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Marcato Quartet at the Aga Khan Museum: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Marcato Music’s string quartet performs “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel at the Aga Khan Museum.

Marcato Quartet was formed in 2010 by four 5th grade musicians from Crisafulli Elementary school. Click here to visit their website: Continue reading “Marcato Quartet at the Aga Khan Museum: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”

Qawwali by Sabri Brothers in praise of Shah Karim

Qawwali by Sabri Brothers in praise of Shah Karim

  MUSIC COMPOSED AND DIRECTED BY: Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri LEAD VOCALS & HARMONIUM: Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri & Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri VOCAL SUPPORT: Haji Kamal Sabri & Haji Mehmood Ghaznavi Sabri FLUTE: Ustad Salamat Ali Khan – SARANGI: Ustad Alla Rakha – SITAR: Nafees Ahmed Khan SWARMANDAL: Haji Kamal Sabri – TABLA: Mohammed Anwar – NAL: Abdul Karim – DHOLAK: Qutubddin Ahmeddin BONGOS: … Continue reading Qawwali by Sabri Brothers in praise of Shah Karim

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Music in Islam – By Nimira Dewji

Ismailimail highlighted Music in Islam Series, a compilation of researched articles presented by Nimira Dewji. Below please find a PDF link to download the complete article. The same is also available at Issuu Magazine. In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. In Muslim regions, the voice was considered a reflection of the human soul’s mysteries and feelings. Instruments, … Continue reading Music in Islam – By Nimira Dewji

Influence of Western Music

Music in Islam Series: Influence of Western Music

By Nimira Dewji Earlier: (1) Is listening to music unlawful in Islam? (2) Development of Music (3) The Art of Music in Islam (4) The Healing Power of Music In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. In Muslim regions, the voice was considered a reflection of the human soul’s mysteries and feelings. Instruments, then, were believed to have … Continue reading Music in Islam Series: Influence of Western Music

The Healing Power of Music

Music in Islam Series: The Healing Power of Music

By Nimira Dewji Earlier: (1) Is listening to music unlawful? (2) Development of Music (3) The Art of Music in Islam The Ikhwan al-Safa (Brethren of Purity) was a brotherhood that flourished in Basra, in Iraq, in the second half of the tenth century. They wrote a vast encyclopedic work (Rasa’il) of fifty-two tracts dealing with sciences and philosophy. The section on music focuses on … Continue reading Music in Islam Series: The Healing Power of Music

The Poet with Musicians and Singers

Music in Islam Series: The Art of Music in Islam

By Nimira Dewji Earlier: (1) Is listening to music unlawful? (2) Development of Music As Islam spread, the music of the community became entwined with the musical traditions of the conquered lands. The elite, who were enriched by the influx of wealth, sought amusement that was best expressed in music and song. The migrants brought their art and music with them, thereby influencing the cultures … Continue reading Music in Islam Series: The Art of Music in Islam