Music and Culture of Oman topic of October 16 speech at UNH Manchester

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MANCHESTER, NH – The Music and Culture of Oman: Musical Biodiversity and the Indian Ocean Soundscape, a speech by Dr. Anne Rasmussen, is scheduled for October 16 at 6 p.m. at the Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester.

Rasmussen will discuss the cultural impact of music on the Indian Ocean region through the music of Oman. Since 1994 Rasmussen has directed the William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, a forum for the study and performance of music with musicians from the Middle East and Arab world.

Since 1994 Rasmussen has directed the William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, a forum for the study and performance of music and with musicians from the Middle East and Arab world. Over the years, the ensemble has hosted more than sixty guest artists, has recorded two compact disc recordings, and has made international concert tours in Morocco and Oman.

Rasmussen also serves on the faculty of Asian and Middle East Studies at William and Mary and has been chair of the Middle East Studies Faculty and co- director the Asian Studies Initiative. She also chaired the Department of Music from 2011-2014. In Spring 2007 Rasmussen was professor for the William and Mary in Washington Program.

Rasmussen’s broad research interests include music of the Arab world, the Middle East and the Islamicate world, music and multiculturalism in the United States, music patronage and politics, issues of orientalism, nationalism, and gender in music, and fieldwork, music performance, and the ethnographic method. She teaches a family of courses in ethnomusicology and music research at William and Mary and has mentored a number of William and Mary student toward graduate study in ethnomusicology and careers in music and academia.

The event is organized by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, and is presented in partnership with UNH Manchester’s homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs, the World Affairs Council of America, and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. Register here.