Arabesque International has been active in the Region since 2012, and has observed that rarely the local population takes an active interest in artistic performances. Common feedback in regard attributes this fact to the lack of a familiarization process available here.
Knowing the concrete benefits that music and the arts bring, today it is our goal to reach out and to familiarize a broader public with it. In the pursuit of an effective approach to do so, we identified the concept of chamber music as a format that would suit our purpose.
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What is chamber music?
Chamber music is a type of music that is traditionally performed by a small group of instrumentalists, in a relatively small space. Historically, it originates from within the home, when members of a family would get together and spend their afternoons making music. It is a very bonding experience, and was therefore also used and endorsed to strengthen family ties. There are traces of it throughout many centuries and societies, and it is also executed with the combination of very diverse instruments. Over time, many composers have written music for such ensembles, and the format has also evolved to encompass professional groups which perform in public.
Due to the extreme flexibility of the chamber music format, as well as the limited amount of instrumentalists involved, we can hereby custom tailor events that are both extremely targeted to suit our goals and that are, at the same time, very cost effective and easy to handle logistically.
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The concept is to bring experienced high-quality chamber music ensembles to Muscat for a time period that will range between one and two weeks. During their time here, they will do educational and outreach activities in schools, will give targeted master classes to young musicians of institutions such as the Sultan Qaboos University’s Music Department, and will perform a concert towards the end of their stay, open to public. There is the also the possibility of arranging side-by-side concerts with local musicians.
The opening of the Muscat Chamber Music Series Season I (2014 – 2015) took place in April 2015 where some of the musicians of the renowned Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra gave workshops to students of different ages from the American British Academy, the French School, Al Wattayah and a master class to professional musicians from the Oud Hobbyists association. By the end of the master class, they exchanged their music experiences by playing altogether. The music outcome of the oriental musicians (playing on their oriental instruments) with the Europeans (playing on their orchestral instruments) was so innovative inspired by different two cultures. On April 9th, Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra gave the opening concert of Season I at TAISM (The American School International Muscat) in front of an absolutely delighted audience of all ages.
Arabesque International is looking forward to presenting Season II of the Muscat Chamber Music Series (2015 – 2016) in which different music styles like: Arabic & Western classical music, Jazz and World music will be presented and introduced by professional artists coming from Lebanon, France, Germany, Netherlands, Egypt and India to stay in Muscat for a specific period of time to give workshops and masterclasses to the Omanis of all ages and hold concerts.