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Conversation about the maqamat with Marwan Fakir and Rachid Zeroual Summer 2024

In this captivating talk, two masters of traditional North African music will introduce you to the richness of the maqam, a system of melodic modes in traditional Arabic music. Discover its emotional power and artistic complexity through a series of musical demonstrations.


Frédéric Lambert, host

Marwan Fakir, violin

 Rachid Zeroual, ney


Without intermission

Total duration45minutes

Rachid Zeroual


Rachid Zeroual is an author and composer as well as a virtuoso of the ney, an Arabic reed flute. Born into a family of musicians since many generations, he was introduced to music by his father, before studying the ney with Laarbi Houawra.

Rachid Zeroual’s musical gifts and virtuosity have made him a much sought-after performer, esteemed by many artists and composers in the Arab world. His exquisite sensitivity creates a veritable symbiosis between his artistic spirit and the ney, from which he draws spellbinding sounds. As well as performing frequently on international stages, Rachid is the author of over 160 compositions and has made four recordings devoted to Moroccan musical heritage. In 2012, the Comité national de la musique in partnership with UNESCO awarded him the Ziryab of Virtuosos award and Medal of Merit.