Musical Journey Through Palestine by Rachel Beckles Willson


Thursday, 26th October 2017, 18:30 - 20:00


Professor Rachel Beckles Willson will present a talk illustrated in music, pictures and film, drawing from our earliest sources of Palestinian folk song through to one of the most challenging Palestinian performers today, Kamilya Jubran. The talk will also present stories and music of figures such as Wasif Jawharrieh and Rawhi al-Khammash, and reflect on the diverse threads connecting Palestine with the influential musical hubs of Cairo and Baghdad. Rachel will also present some musical examples on the oud, accompanied by percussionist Michel Moushabeck.

Rachel Beckles Willson is a musician and writer, currently Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on music and politics, including Orientalism and Musical Mission: Palestine and the West (Cambridge 2013), and the Foreword to The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948 (Olive Branch Press 2013). Her recent work has focused on the oud, and can be explored on the website www.oudmigrations.com Currently she is engaged with music projects for young refugees in Sicily.


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