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The origins of the Arabic takht reach back all the way to the 8th century. Originally designating the wooden platform that used to serve as the stage for the musicians, the term has come to refer to the classical ensemble of Arabic music—consisting of singer, oud, flute, qanun, and various percussion instruments—that has been adopted and developed over the centuries in multiple musical traditions across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

MAÎTRE MOHAMMED OTMANI mit Geige im Arm © Promo

This combination of musicians, which has inspired creative exchange to this day, is at the center of the 2022–23 season’s Arabic Music Days curated by Naseer Shamma. In four concerts, artists from Syria, Lebanon, and Morocco present traditional and contemporary takes on the concept of the takht.
The program also includes a range of digital content available on the new platform Pierre Boulez Saal Online, such as an exhibition of works by visual artist Nja Mahdaoui (Tunesia), readings by poets Basem Al Ansar (Iraq) and Gayath Al Madhoun (Palestine), and the Oscar-nominated film The Man Who Sold His Skin by Tunesian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania.

All four concerts will also be available for live streaming.
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Participating artists
Orchestre Maître Mohammed Otmani de la musique Andalouse
Mohammed Otmani
Mohamed Fehd Ronda
Yassine Baghdadi
Abdeslam Chiki
Younes Melyani
Mohamed Amine Ben Ahmed
Abderazzak Meliani
Abdelfattah Amri
Mohamed Hamza Amri
Mohamed Hicham Amri
Pierre Boulez Saal