A Living History of the Oud, its Form & Sound

Subject: Lectures
Dates: 25 September 2019
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: TBC
Tutor: Marc Loopuyt
Full price
£ 7

In celebration of our partnership with Aramco Overseas Company:

This special presentation given by well-known French musician, Marc Loopuyt, will be part-lecture, part-performance. Through a rich iconography it will explore the lived history of the Oriental Lute (oud) from the Akkadian civilisation (Mesopotamia, c. 3,000 BC) until today, as well as examine the surprising relationship between several historical lutes with instruments still played in various locations along the Silk Road including the Mashriq (north-eastern Arab world) and the Maghrib (north-west Africa).

The presentation will also look at the links between traditional stringed instruments of the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Persians and Turks, their geometrical design, traditional way of development, the qalib (mould) and its secrets; the simplest lute, the Oriental oud, the Moroccan oud, the Nahhat oud from Damascus. Importantly, Marc Loopuyt will introduce the audience to the profound symbolism of the oud. Finally, he will give a brief idea of the oud as it is played today and how it influenced the rebirth of Baroque Music in Europe.

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This lecture is made possible by the generous support of Aramco.

Tutor biography

Marc Loopuyt

Born in France in 1947, with French, Dutch, English and Caucasian roots, Marc Loopuyt discovered the flamenco guitar via immigrant Spanish workers. He then spent three years in Spain learning how to play this. Interested in the strong “colours” in flamenco singing, he crossed the Mediterranean and settled for nine years in Morocco, learning to play the oud. Attracted by the art of the Turkish master Cinuçen Tanrıkorur, he became his disciple and spent many years travelling and living in Turkey and the Middle East, as well as staying for one year in Azerbaijan with the singer Agha Karim Bey.

Marc Loopuyt has been teaching oriental music for 25 years in the Music Conservatory of Lyon in the south of France. He has published numerous papers on ethno-musicology, ten records of his master and ten of his own. He is now retired in the South of France playing concerts and writing books.