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UCLA Ethnomusicologist on Arab Classical Sounds

Racy explains pleasures of a musical tradition to the Kansas City Star.

In its Oct. 19, 2006, edition, the Kansas City Star profiled Arab classical musicians Simon Shaheen and Ali Jihad Racy, who is a UCLA professor of ethnomusicology. The two are set to perform in a Lawrence, Kansas, concert venue.

According to the article, "Arab music is so enormously complex that it takes a lifetime to learn its system of maqam (the Arab equivalent of Western 'modes,' or keys), of taqasim improvisation and of tarab — the last described as a transcendent state achieved during performance."

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