Torino: Darbar, Oriental taste for a music festival

The Museum of Oriental Arts (MAO) in Turin often organizes exhibitions in order to show at best the unknown and charming traits of the countries which have always been defined as Oriental.

This spring, it will put on display what is difficult to put as a show: music.

Until April, 21st, a series of themed meetings will crowd the exhibitions’ agenda of the Museum: a series of traditional and popular music concerts, untouched by modern influences, from many Asian countries will go shoulder by shoulder with movies and documentaries, most of all never published, and meetings with musicians and musicologists to make the universe in which those melodies developed and took shape closer.

People watching the concerts will receive the necessary equipment to make comprehension easier and lead the interpretation in a right direction.

Next exhibition will be held on April, 1st at 6 p.m. through Korean music: the popular and court music concert will accompany the meeting with Daniele Sestili, University of Rome La Sapienza professor who always deals with the relationship between music and Oriental society.

The following Thursday, on April, 7th, at 6 p.m. a themed tour will be organized through the Hindu iconography in the gallery dedicated to Southern Asia of MAO, and at 9 p.m. Theresa Sri Kurniati, dance teacher and prima ballerina of a group named Mangkunegaran Palace, will perform a show of Javanese dances.

They also come from Java sides the musicians that at 9 p.m. on Thursday 14th will hold their concert on their music, led by Aloysius Suwardi, famous all over the world for his composition for his self-made musical instruments. Will be Suwardi himself to hold a meeting on Gamelan (literally “beat with a mallet” in Javanese), an orchestra of Hindu instruments including metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs.

Thursday, April, 21st, last MAO meeting day, from 6 p.m. on it will be possible to visit the exhibition “Ceramica islamica: tecniche e decorazioni” (Islamic ceramic: techniques and decorations), a themed path dedicated to Islamic countries of Asia; then, it will be the turn of the most esoteric branch of Islam, the Sufism, with a meeting at 9 p.m. on music traditionally associated with it with Jean During, ethnomusicologist and orientalist with French origins, and Giovanni De Zorzi, ethnomusicologist and player of Ney flute, one of the most ancient musical instruments of the world.

The music will accompany this cultural discovery of those very ancient people with millenary traditions. Music will be able to show you scenarios and to make you breathe for few minutes, few hours, the lost but never forgotten atmospheres of this far away Oriental countries.


Galleries: will be opened until 11 p.m., the ticket will have the ordinary cost for collection expositions entrance. At 6 p.m. free guided tour, booking recommended.
Concerts and meetings: free entrance until all available places are filled up, coupons for the entrance distributed from 8.30 p.m.

Galleries: opened until 6 p.m.
Meetings: free entrance until all available places are filled up, coupons for the entrance distributed from 5.30 p.m.

Meetings and Galleries: free entrance under 18 years old, by fee with ordinary price for adults. Ticket grants the access to the day meeting until all available places are filled up and to collections.
Projections: free entrance until all available places are filled up


Opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Info & booking
Tel. 011 4436927

Further information about events in Turin are available on the travel guide to Turin: About Turin.

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