“What is Makam and its role in Sephardi/Mizrahi Music?”
A Makam is a Middle Eastern mode that serves as the backbone of Sephardi/Mizrahi music. Phrases, musical characteristics and extra musical associates are part of the world of Makam. In this presentation Makam and it’s use in Sephardi/Mizrahi traditions will be introduced and connected to religious and non-religious practices.
Mark Kligman occupies the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at UCLA and serves as Director of the “Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience.” Mark specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music. He has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn in journals as well as his book, Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn (Wayne State University, 2009), which shows the interconnection between the music of Syrian Jews and their cultural way of life. His other publications focus on the intersection of contemporary Jewish life and various liturgical and paraliturgical musical contexts. He is the academic chair of the Jewish Music Forum and co-editor of the journal Musica Judaica. He is also on the board of the Association for Jewish Studies.