1st Symposium on the History of the Mediterranean Music

The Cultural Organization “En Chordais” in cooperation with the “Byzantine Festival in London” are organizing a Symposium on the History of Music, within the framework of the MediMuses Project, whose field of action includes research, educational and artistic activities in countries of the Mediterranean. MediMuses is part of the broader European Union supported Euromed Heritage II program and has also received the financial support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.The Symposium will take place on the 31st of January, 1st & 2nd of February 2003 in London and refers to the neighbouring musical traditions of the Mediterranean, like the Greek, the Turkish, the Jewish, the Persian and the Arabic. It aims to reveal the common elements of the above mentioned traditions, studying the way they were formed and developed throughout time.

Experts and musicians, representing all musical traditions, will discuss the history of Mediterranean music, the progress in the field of research and methodology.

Some of the participants in the Symposium are: Dr Bulent Aksoy, Dr. Thomas Apostolopoulos, Prof. Ruhi Ayangil, Dr Walter Feldman, Dr. Mahmoud Guettat, Dr Toufic Kerbage, Prof. Grigorios Stathis, Dr. Dariush Talai, Kiya Tabassian, Kyriakos Kalaitzides, Markos Skoulios, Sakher Hattar, Sheherazade Qasim Hasam, Fikret Karakaya, Omar Mettioui, Saifallah Ben Abderrazak, and others that have not yet confirmed.

The Symposium will take place in the Hellenic Centre (16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS)