December 2017


Arab Song Jam

Thursday 07.12.2017 7:30 PM | Saal

Admission: free entry

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen

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Arab dance music from the 1940s to the 1970s


As part of the ARAB SONG JAM concert series, Syrian oud player and composer Wassim Mukdad will be bringing new interpretations of Arab dance songs from the 1940s to the 1970s to the stage at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN once a month.

In the first set, Wassim will open the show together with Alexey Kochetkov on violin and Valentina Bellanova on the Arabic ney flute. In the second set of the evening, all the musicians in attendance will jam together.

The new concert series bases its format on the black American jam session culture of the 1940s. The first set of the evening was presented by a regular trio or quartet, while the second set had musicians new to the city introduced by the band leader.

Similar to the jazz jam sessions in all cities around the world being oriented towards The Real Book’s jazz standards, the new concert series ARAB SONG JAM makes use of the rich treasures of the Arab-language song repertoire that were made popular throughout the entire Arab region in the 50s and 60s by the legendary singers Oum Kalthoum from Cairo and Fairuz from Beirut as well as traditional songs.

ARAB SONG JAM is a subproject of the EU-financed project "The sound routes. Notes for getting closer" for integrating refugees in Europe. The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are organizing this in cooperation with their partner organisations in Belgium, Italy and Spain.

Admission to the ARAB SONG JAM is free of charge, and we will also gladly accept donations!

In addition to ARAB SONG JAM, ARAB SONG JAM goes Maghreb also takes place once a month, led by the Moroccan oud player and fusion musician Alaa Zouiten.



Wassim Mukdad




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