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  • NOON in Conversation & Song: Future Soundscapes from the UAE

    When: Saturday, June 27, 2020, 10–11:15 a.m. ET
    Where: Streaming online
    Category: Performances
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    Based in Dubai, NOON forges a new sound from eclectic jazz, rock, and traditional Middle Eastern elements. With its members hailing from Indian, Egyptian, and English backgrounds, NOON’s music is fueled by the UAE’s cultural diversity.

    In this session moderated by Bill Bragin, we explore the UAE music ecosystem, expatriate communities, and the NOON approach to global music traditions—particularly the oud, a traditional string instrument played across the Middle East.


    This event is part of the Folklife Festival program United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape | Living Memory, which is supported by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

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