SAF has worked with a wide range of composers and musicians on a number of projects, including Ryoji Ikeda’s performance of datamatics [ver.2.0], alva noto (Carsten Nicolai) and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s performance of Univers (uniscope version) and Tarek Atoui’s composition WITHIN. SAF has also hosted concerts by Dimi Mint Abba, Amino Belyamani, Yusef Lateef and Maalem Abdelkébir Merchane. Past musical shows have mostly been produced as part of Sharjah Biennial, March Meeting or other exhibitions. However, SAF is now launching the new Music Programme to support live performing arts on a more regular basis.
The SAF Music Programme will present performance events such as concerts, workshops, discussion sessions and open mics. Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for both new talent and established artists to perform and connect and to encourage community members to cultivate an interest in music. The Programme seeks particularly to foster local and regional musical experimentation through support of UAE and MENASA-based artists. All Music Programme events will be free and open to the public.
In November 2017, Sharjah Art Foundation launches SAF Music Programme with a residency and concert by El Foukr R’Assembly.