Join us for an in-depth demonstration and conversation about the rhythms of Khaleeji pearl diving music, with the hope to learn percussion techniques, explore and perform these important sounds of the sea. Upon registration, participants will receive a tutorial and will have the option to watch and practice the rhythms in advance.

Ethnomusicologist Ghazi Al-Mulaifi and percussionist Abdulaziz Al-Hemely of Boom.Diwan will lead the virtual gathering.

Ghazi Faisal Al-Mulaifi, PhD is an applied-ethnomusicologist who received his PhD in ethnomusicology from New York University in 2016. In addition to working as an assistant professor of music, Al-Mulaifi is also a Venice Biennale artist, composer, Khaleeji-jazz musician, and ensemble leader.

His research interests include Kuwaiti pearl diving music, the music of the Indian Ocean civilizations trade routes and global jazz. His current musical efforts include performing with his ensemble Boom.Diwan where he and traditional Kuwaiti pearl diving musicians merge Kuwaiti bahri (sea) rhythms with global jazz traditions for the purpose of creating a new Khaleeji music and engaging in a global musical dialog.

This residency is presented with support from the US Embassy Abu Dhabi