- Published on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:54
Al Kamandjâti Association presents the 7th Music Days Festival between June 15th to July 1st 2012, under the theme "Visit Palestine".
This year 50 performances will be held in Jenin, Hebron, Tulkarem, Qaliqilia, Nablus, Sebastiya, Jerusalem, Abu Dis, Jericho, Gaza, and Ramallah.
For the first time the festival will present two exceptional Palestinian ensembles. *The National Ensemble of Arabic Music*, composed of more than 30 Palestinian musicians from all over Palestine, interprets classical Arabic music: *samaiat*, *qudoud* *halabiah*, and *muashahat*, as well as works of contemporary Arab composers and musicians, and some original compositions by the ensemble. The second ensemble, hosted for the first time, is WATAR, which was founded in 2006 by a number of Palestinian musical talents from the 1948 areas. Through the sounds and sensibilities of six instruments (*qanoun*, *oud*, *buzuq*, violin, contrabass, and Oriental percussion), the group seeks to combine individual and collective endeavours inspired by the rich musical heritage of our region.
Also supported by the Municipality of Belfort, and organized by the network of the French Institutes in Palestine, the festival hosts the French musician "Jesers". Accompanied by two musicians on stage (guitarist and drummer), songwriter of the new French scene, Jesers is a lover of words and their meaning.
In addition, the festival will present three major concerts of the Ramallah Orchestra in Nablus, Jerusalem, and Ramallah. Maestro Diego Masson will conduct the orchestra of around 60 musicians in a programme of music by Beethoven, Mozart, and Rossini. Also, several classical concerts will be presented by various Al Kamandjâti orchestras.
The oriental ensembles of the school will present Arab Oriental music throughout the festival and will be joined, at times, by students from both the Oriental and Western departments: the *Mohayyar* ensemble and the *Jenin Oriental Ensemble*.
Finally, within the framework of this year's festival, Al Kamandjâti Association, in cooperation with the Franco-German Cultural Center, will launch the Music Band Competition in Palestine, "On Stage." The competition opens the door for newly emerging Palestinian bands in all music genres to perform live concerts on fully equipped stages with high visibility. The winner will perform in the closing concert along with professional guest bands from France, Germany, and Palestine.