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The Tarab Duet

JAZMIN SARAÏ TRAVELS BACK IN TIME TO CAIRO IN 1960 AND BEIRUT IN THE EARLY 1970S. 

 

Arabic music has deep cultural history. Structured differently than most musical compositions, it starts with a chromatic scale, divided into 24 equal quarter tones,

(A quarter tone =  half a semitone in a 12 tone equal-tempered scale)

‘Maqam’ is a modal system that creates an unmistakable style that has been used for years and focuses on the melody.

‘Tarab’ refers to the rapture a voice (sometimes instrument) has on on the listener. It is meant to take you on a journey full of meaning and enchantment. Often associated with tradional Arabic music, it focuses on the relationship between the performer and the audience member.

This collection expresses the unique Arabic style of musical construction and celebrates ancestry and two of the most revered musicians in the Arab world.