Haworth Presents at Bemidji’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning Event

Dr. Janice Haworth, professor of music at Bemidji State University, presented “A Video Interview with Egyptian Avant-Garde Music Composer, Dr. Nahla Mattar” at Bemidji’s Adventures of Lifelong Learning event on March 26. 

Dr. Nahla Mattar is a composer, an associate professor at Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt, and a personal friend of Haworth. Mattar combines the structures of western classical music with the sounds and “maqams,” or melody types, of Arabic, Egyptian and African cultures. Haworth and Mattar met at a World Music Pedagogy conference years ago, and have since remained in contact. 

The presentation was centered around the musical piece “Ode to Manial” that Mattar wrote for the Prince Muhammad Ali Tewfik’s palace in Cairo. Their goal was to teach about the process of creating music while making a connection between ancient Egypt history and music, western music structure and Arabic maqams.


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