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The William & Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble went virtual in Spring semester


After 25 years of creating community through music and making music as a community, The William & Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble went virtual this Spring semester.  Although our concerts for March and April were cancelled we resisted a complete shut-down. As we sheltered in place and at home, we kept our ensemble humming and our instruments in tune. In anticipation of our multi-media projects planned for Fall Semester 2020, we offer our project to STAY TUNED while playing in quarantine during Spring 2020. For more information about the W&M MEME, please contact ensemble director, Anne Rasmussen.

Qum ya Nadim, a muwashshah (song) in maqam Nahawand

Composed by Omar Batch (Syria 1885-1950); Poet, unknown


Sama‘i Nahawand composed by Ruhi al-Khamash (Palestine/Iraq 1923-1998)

Anne K. Rasmussen, Ensemble Director

Johnny Farraj, Guest Artist in Virtual Residence

Sound and Video by Jonathan Galle and Amy Palace, Arts Laureate