Discover the various sonic and musical practices of Muslim societies and the Muslim diaspora! In this multi-session course, instructor Hamidreza Salehyar discusses the diversity of Muslim discourses on music. Engage with selected audio-visual examples ranging from Quranic recitations to “traditional” musical performances; new popular genres such as Turkish religious pop, Palestinian hip-hop, and diasporic Muslim punk; and Sufi world music.
Through these examples, the course aims at developing familiarity with a diverse range of social, cultural, historical, religious, and political contexts in which such sonic and musical practices have emerged, providing a deeper understanding of their significance in the Muslim world.
Hamidreza Salehyar is a musician, music researcher, and instructor with experience exploring various forms of musical expression in the Muslim world. He is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, and his doctoral research focuses on Shia Muharram rituals in Iran. Hamidreza has presented at major ethnomusicology conferences in Canada and the US as well as in the UK, where he received the 2017 British Forum for Ethnomusicology Student Prize. He received his MA in Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta. His academic research also benefits from his expertise in Iranian classical music as a tar player; he holds a BMus in Iranian Instrument Performance from the University of Art in Tehran.
Listening to Art, Seeing Music
Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, April 22
Musical Synthesis: Electrifying Traditional Music
Thursday, January 25, 1–2 pm
Listening to Art, Seeing Music with Amirali Alibhai
Tuesday, February 6, 6:30–7:30 pm
Singing as One: A Pathway to Pluralism
Thursday, February 8, 1–2 pm
Digital Music Creation for Youth
Sunday, February 11, 11 am–4 pm
Play in Progress: “Noor” by Erum Khan
Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21
Sephardic Music in the Mediterranean Soundscape
Sunday, February 25, 2–3 pm
Healing Power of Music: The Story of Musideum
Thursday, March 1, 1–2 pm
Music and Sound in the Muslim World
$140, $120 Friends, $100 students and seniors
50% parking discount available during course
- Apr 11, 2018 to May 16, 2018