Wanderings Podcast - Episode 01: Arabic Music and History with Dr. George Sawa

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In this episode of The Wanderings Podcast, Pedro Bonatto talks to Dr. George Sawa, a musician and historian specializing in Medieval Arabic Music.

George Dimitri Sawa is a renowned musician and historian specializing in Medieval Arabic Music. George has written 4 books, published over 50 articles and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on music of the Middle East at the University of Toronto and York University. In 2005, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his research in Arabic music history. 

George Sawa, photographed at his home in Toronto, Canada. Photography by Pedro Bonatto.


Dr. Sawa's 19th century qanun.


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