22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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Global Folk: Maqam Traditions | Jazz & Contemporary Music

Sunday, April 24 2022   |   6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Global Folk: Maqam Traditions

This program features a diverse repertoire of Arabic and Turkish music that includes selections of classical music as well as modern and contemporary styles. The students had the opportunity to dive into the world of maqam, which is the system of scales, modes, and improvisation in traditional Arabic and Turkish music, and explore how they could incorporate these concepts into their own jazz improvisations.

Nassem Alatrash is a Palestinian cellist, composer. Naseem’s tone was described as “a particularly lustrous tone” by Chicago Tribune. Naseem’s performances include a mix of improvisation and traditional melodies, with a focus on traditional Arabic music and jazz and contemporary classical music influence.


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Sunday, April 24 2022
6:00 pm 7:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Wolfinsohn Recital Room
Zabriskie House 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States