Welcome to the homepage of The Nahawand Foundation!

Nahawand Foundation was founded in 2013 in The Netherlands. The board consists of world famous Iraqi oud (lute) player Omar Bashir who is the chairman of the foundation and Mrs. Leila Jaffar who is the secretary. Leila Jaffar is a well known consultant in the field of intercultural communication and mediation

Nahawand Foundation aims at promoting classical and contemporary Arab music and in particular oud music,  through concerts, masterclasses etcetera. Nahawand Foundation also strives to facilitate cultural musical encounters between East (the Arab world) and West (Europe and the USA).

Nahawand Foundation works with European, American and Asian musicians, together with Arab musicians from the region as well as those who have found their refuge in Europe.

Leila Jaffar and Omar Bashir

Our name

Nahawand Foundation takes its name from Maqam Nahawand, one of the classical Arabic maqams.

According to Wikipedia:

"Arabic maqam (Arabic: مقام‎) is the system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music, which is mainly melodic. The word maqam in Arabic means place, location or position. The Arabic maqam is a melody type. It is "a technique of improvisation" that defines the pitches, patterns, and development of a piece of music and which is "unique to Arabian art music.  Each maqam is built on a scale, and carries a tradition that defines its habitual phrases, important notes, melodic development and modulation. Both compositions and improvisations in traditional Arabic music are based on the maqam system. Maqamat can be realized with either vocal or instrumental music, and do not include a rhythmic component.(….) A maqam does not have an "established, regularly recurring bar scheme nor an unchanging meter. A certain rhythm does sometimes identify the style of a performer, but this is dependent upon his performance technique and is never characteristic of the maqam as such."

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