Seeing Sound


Thursday 25 October 2018, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Professor Owen Wright (SOAS)

Representations of musicians, instruments and scenes of music making occur frequently in Islamic art, not only in painting but also in other media. In addition, music is recorded visually in notation and in various graphic forms that present analyses of structural aspects. In exploring this wide field, this lecture will illustrate aspects of the history of music in the major traditions, Arab, Persian and Turkish, of the Islamic Middle East, and of its pervasive presence within the visual arts. 


About the Speaker: Owen Wright is Emeritus Professor of Musicology of the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His particular research interest is the history of music in the Islamic Middle East, and his most recent publications are studies of major Mamluk and Safavid musicological texts.

Location: Bowland Auditorium