The ERC – funded project

Past and Present Musical Encounters Across the Strait of Gibraltar

proudly presents the following series of online events:


September – December 2020


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The team are delighted to present the online series Sonic Conversations in the Western Mediterranean. This series seeks to delve into the rich and diverse range of musical genres and sonic practices that criss-cross the Western Mediterranean region and its neighbouring geographies. Through a collection of academic speakers, workshops and concerts, the series explores the interconnected histories and migrations of Mediterranean musics and musicians, addressing creation, performance and reception. Music and sound can connect people, and at times, can divide people. They can reflect and construct collective identities. They are powerful mechanisms through which the past and cultural memory are remembered, performed and negotiated. Through this series we examine how the sonic world is deeply interwoven with the social world, as musicians and audiences from different cultural and religious communities move and interact across and beyond the Mediterranean.


CusCus Flamenco, Al Andalus meets Andalucia

Concert and Q&A

21st September 2020, 14:00 BST


Katharina Schmoll, Listening as Encounter, Empowerment and Contestation: Citizenship and politics in contemporary Morocco

Lecture and Q&A

24th September 2020, 16:00 BST


Phil Bohlman, « And Trumpets Loudly heralded the Holy Secret »:

The Cid, Caesura, and the Death of Heroes across Centuries

Lecture and Q&A

October 2020, time and date TBD


Tamara Turner, Looking South: Imagining « Africa » in Algerian Musics

Lecture and Q&A

17 November 2020, time TBD


Liz Matsushita, Encounters at Africa’s Border:

Music and Colonialism in Tangier, 1900-1956

Lecture and Q&A

3rd December 2020, 16:00 GMT


Alaa Zouiten, My Transcultural Oud Story

Lecture Recital and Q&A

14th December 2020, 14:00 GMT

Coming soon: Dwight Reynolds, February 2021, Hisham Aidi, March 2021

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