Farida Mohammad Ali at Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi on 8th Jan

Umsiyat series singerFarida Mohammad Ali will be performing at Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, on Monday, 8th January. The concert, which is part of the Umsiyat series, starts at 8 pm..

Tonight’s performance presents one of Iraq’s leading Maqam singers, Farida Mohammad Ali. Her voice extends over two octaves from a rich contralto to a keening soprano that she enriches with the microtonal inflections and ornamentation that are a major part of the Maqam singer’s art.

The two-hour programme includes a variety of Iraqi Maqam and the most beautiful songs by famous Iraqi female singers of the 1940s and 1950s, such as: Sadiqah Al-Malaya, Salima Murad and Zohoor Hussain. In addition, a collection of songs from the legacy of Nazem Al-Ghazali, which are known to all audiences throughout the Arab world, will be performed. Also included are melodies and traditional songs of Basra. The songs will be interspersed with a collection of well-loved Maqam by the great Arab poets, Al-Mutanabbi, Baha’ al-din Zuhair and Elia Abu Madi, as well as Iraqi poets such as Jabbori Al-Najjar and Abd Al-Karim Al-Allaf. The programme’s modern musical section is by composer Muḥammad Ḥusayn Kumar, accompanied by traditional Iraqi instruments. The season is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, the Emirates Red Crescent President’s Assistant for Women’s Affairs.


Umsiyat series

Invitation to ‘Grain of Sand’ Premiere from Jason Carter

Grain of Sand film premiere

Dear friends,

I am writing to invite you to the world premiere of ‘Grain of Sand‘ at Dubai International Film Festival on the 8th December

The venue is ‘The Beach’ (at JBR) and the film starts at 7.30pm, admission is free. The film will be followed by a performance with myself and the pearl diving group Dar Burshaid Shabab Al Hidd accompanied by Bahraini Flute player Ahmed Al Ghanem. 

Really looking forward to seeing you there! 

With best wishes from Jason Carter



Khan of the ‘Chronicles of Khan’

Khan, the founder of the Chronicles of Khan band, talks about his music and the music scene in the U.A.E. in this short video.
He will be performing in the final AAMF 2017 concert this Friday , 24th November, at Luce Restaurant, Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel.

The concert starts at 8 pm.

There is no charge for admission now.

Don’t miss it!

‘Grain of Sand’ world premiere at Dubai International Film Festival

Jason Carter‘s film, ‘Grain of Sand‘ will be premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival!

Dear friends

I hope this finds you well.

I am writing to share some great news, in that Grain of Sand has been selected for showing at the Dubai International Film Festival this coming December! This will be the world premiere of the film.

Many of you know that this has been a long process with various ups and downs. The idea was born in March 2013 and the first round of filming began in October 2014. In June 2015 we decided that there was no real story with the footage we had, but every morning for another year, I would wake up and something nagged me about this theme. So I decided to shift focus to Bahrain. We filmed for 2 weeks in February this year and then it has been a process of pulling the story together.

The film raises questions of cultural identity and demonstrates how music can be a dynamic platform for intercultural dialogue, despite challenges and varying cultural expectations. If you would like to know more, here is the teaser/trailer for the actual film.

I will be keeping you posted on developments. The film showing will also feature a live performance with myself and the Bahraini pearl diving group, exact date to be confirmed.

With best wishes from Jason Carter

Special guest performers at AAMF Garden City Classics on 3rd Nov.

IMG-20171014-WA0000Several special guest performers will be performing on the same AAMF “Garden City Classics programme as Khaled Badrieh (3)the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and Khaled Badrieh and his band, Arabistica on Friday, 3rd November.

Ilya-Netkach-&-Natalia-Nechepurenko-DuoThese special guests include the duo of violinist and composer, Ilya Netkach, and pianist Natalia Nechepurenko, who will perform:
Steps” by Rolf Lovland; “Burned Bridges” by Ilya Netkach; “Milonga Sin Palabras” by Astor Piazzolla; “Windancer” by Rolf Lovland; and “Spanish Dance” by Myroslav Skoryk.

Jennifer EastwoodAlso on this programme, the duo of Jennifer Eastwood and Stephen Aston, will perform Henry Purcell’s “Fairest Isle” and “Music for a While“.

Please note that this concert has the early start time of 6:30 p.m. at the la dolce vita venue. Don’t miss it!