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