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WQXR Presents: Beginner’s Ear

'WQXR Presents: Beginner's Ear'

Originally Aired: Friday, March 6, 2020


WQXR presents Beginner’s Ear, one hour of lunchtime bliss with guided meditation and a live performance by world-class musicians every Friday from January 17 through March 6. Each meditation will feature music from a different artist, to be announced.

Dive into the entrancing sound world of Layale Chaker’s “Inner Rhyme,” a haunting sublimation of Arabic poetry into instrumental music that combines maqam scales with jazzy flights of improvisation and fleeting echoes of the Baroque. Chaker, a Lebanese-born violinist and composer, is joined by her ensemble Sarafand, made up of stylistically polyglot and masterful improvisers. On piano, Phillip Golub, on bass, Nick Dunston, on cello, Jake Charkey, and on percussion, Adam Maalouf.




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