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Concert by The Nur Collective - Journey of Mystical Love

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A selection of traditional music from the Arab, Azeri, Moroccan, Tajik-Uzbek, Turkish and Uyghur musical cultures and more…


Name of piece - Player(s)

  1. Lamma bada yatathana (Traditional song from Andalusia) - Ensemble

  2. Dulab Hijaz (Traditional Arab piece) - Alicia LIE & Elnur HAJIYEV

  3. Samai bayati qadim (Vocal piece by Misirli Ibrahim Efendi) - Nidhal Mazza

  4. Hijaz (Traditional Turkish Mewlevi piece) - Musa GENÇ         

  5. Bayad (Modern Iraqi piece by Naseer Shamma) - Alicia LIE  

  6. Ahwak (Contemporary Egyptian song made famous by Abd al-Halim Hafez) - Nidhal Mazza        

  7. Jadakal Gaythu (Traditional song from Andalusia) - Ensemble 

    ~15-min INTERMISSION ~    

  8. Farg'onacha tanovar (The Ferghana variant of the folk melody "Tanovar") - Eugene LEUNG         

  9. Nolish-Cho'pon (A suite of two Uzbek dutar piece from the Ferghana valley in Eastern Uzbekistan) - Eugene LEUNG        

  10. Metris Turkusu (Turkish folk song by Ahmet Kaya) - Musa GENÇ & Elnur HAJIYEV      

  11. Chabbiyat muqam 1st dastan merghuli (1st Narrative Poetic Song in the 2nd of the Uyghur Twelve Muqam) - Eva CHENG 

  12. Derya Boyida (based on folksong, a collaboration between Uyghur Composers Iskender Seypulla and Pipa master Wang Jingmei) - Eva CHENG    

  13. Dilxiraj (Famous traditional dance music in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) - Ensemble    



Alicia LIE – Oud (Arabic tradition)

Alicia teaches philosophy and has been travelling to Egypt to study Arabic every summer since 2015.  She started learning the oud in Naseer Shamma's Arabic Oud House in Cairo in 2017.

Eva CHENG – Uyghur rawap

Trained in both the Chinese and Western music traditions, Eva spent a year in Urumchi studying the Uyghur lute rawap with Muminjan Yusup in 2017-18. She can play up to 7 different musical instruments.

Elnur HAJIYEV – Darbuka

Elnur has been playing the folk drum nagara of his native Azerbaijan for over 20 years. A PhD student at the University of Science & Technology Hong Kong, he plays the Middle Eastern drum darbuka with The Nur Collective.

Eugene LEUNG – Uzbek dutar

Having studied Ethnomusicology at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, Eugene started playing the Uzbek lute dutar in 2006 and has thrice travelled to Uzbekistan to study the instrument.

Musa GENÇ – Turkish saz & ney

Musa took classes and learned to perform on saz and ney during his high school years in Turkey. After he came to study in China, he kept practicing with his instruments and performed in university activities. Not only playing, but also he can sing Turkish traditional and folk songs.

Nidhal Mazza – Oud (Moroccan)              

A full-time psychology student in CUHK, Nidhal plays on oud in the last three years. Back in Morocco he has studied music theory for two years and learned oud for a year. He takes part in cultural activities in his university – CUHK.


Free admission
All are welcome
No admission under the age of 6


Presented by HKUST Center for Education Innovation and Center for the Art