Qoutayba Neaimi’s Microtonal Polyphonic Maqam System
Abu Dhabi Festival is launching Belgian-Iraqi composer and researcher Qoutayba Neaimi’s revolutionary new innovation, a musical system that will change the way musicians throughout the world understand Arab music. Transcending borders and cultural differences, the Polyphonic Maqam System allows international ensembles and orchestras from everywhere around the world to perform all oriental maqams in polyphonic style. It opens the door for composers to develop a repertoire
where Arabic and Western musical traditions meet. This innovation is in line with Abu Dhabi Festival’s mission to empower Arab cultural and artistic achievement, preserve Arab musical heritage, and extend bridges between cultures through the arts.
Supported by Abu Dhabi Festival