- (music) A modal structure characterizing the art of music of countries in North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
2008 January 14, Ben Ratliff, “Jazz Showcase Fever Propels a Mini Marathon”, in New York Times:
- Elsewhere in the evening the young Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, who has studied both jazz and traditional Arabic maqam patterns and combines them in modal pieces for improvisers, demonstrated with his sextet (including an oud and a santoor, the Persian hammered dulcimer) how hungry jazz still is for sources older than itself.
2008 May 1, Erica Goode, “A Fabled Iraqi Instrument Thrives in Exile”, in New York Times:
- At 18, late for a professional musician, he took up the oud, studying the mysteries of the Iraqi maqam, the complex system of tonal sequences and improvisation passed from master to student.
2009 April 2, Ashante Infantry, “Baghdad jazz”, in Toronto Star:
- But he hesitated when approached to do a project that combined maqam with jazz, even though that had been his pre-quest intention.