THE SAMA’I AQSAQ DANCE (رقصة السماعي أقصاق)


For solo microtonal trumpet in Bb – ca. 7’30

Happy to announce the YouTube premiere of “The Sama’I Aqsaq Dance” ( رقصة السماعي أقصاق) beautifully recorded by Vasilis Nalbantis and mastered by Charbel Bark.

Bellow some words about the piece.

“The Sama’i Aqsaq Dance ” is a piece for solo microtonal trumpet in Bb, based on the traditional ancient Arabic rhythm called “Sama’i Aqsaq”, that was used in old Arabic tribes to make horses and camels dance by their Arab riders.

The rhythm consists of a 9/8 meter that gives the music a moving forward feeling, combined with some of the most expressive Arabic modes (Maqamat), that has a bright and festive mood, though suitable sometimes for dance and fast movement.

The piece used the trumpet as a melodic instrument to call the ancient Arab world, using some microtonal elements that come from the nature of Arabic maqam music and also used as a percussion instrument to introduce the Sama’i Aqsaq rhythm and the camel dance spirit.

Starting with a “Mawwal”- a group of small improvised melodic phrases that Arabic singers used to start with it their performances – in which we can hear the trumpet player sing on the instrument while playing it.

Then, moving along to introduce the rhythmic elements using some of the most percussive techniques on trumpet, and gradually adding the melodic elements, in addition to the clear rhythmic accent that keeps the “Aqsaq” pulse alive.

Published by wajdiaboudiab

Wajdi Abou Diab is a composer of classical contemporary music, musicologist, educator, and conductor who believes in music as a way to build our cultural future while keeping us connected to our cultural history.

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