Classes

Arab Rhythm Circle

Oct 15, 2012-Dec 03, 2012

Teachers:

UPDATE: DUE TO ONGOING TRANSPORTATION DIFFICULTIES FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY, CLASS WILL NOT BE HELD MON, NOV 5

Monday Evening: 6:15-7:30pm
8 sessions Oct. 15-Dec. 3

Each week, this course will focus on presenting and performing 2-3 new rhythms typical of Arab classical and folk songs from across the greater Middle East in an invigorating and fun group setting.

Students will learn the basic rhythms and play them as a group as Zafer demonstrates specialized ornaments and techniques for the daf (frame drum), darbuke, and riqq. Intermediate to advanced students can take turns trying their hands at these techniques, while beginners can focus on holding down the basic patterns, making this class suitable for novices and experienced percussionists alike.

If you don't own a drum, they may be rented/bought through our instrument rental program or provided at class, pending availability.

About the Instructor: Zafer Tawil ('oud, violin, qanun, percussion) is a virtuoso on ‘oud, violin, and qanun, and a master of Arab percussion. Zafer has performed in concerts across the country, including performances with numerous musicians ranging from Sting to Arab music virtuosos Chab Mami, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba and George Ziadeh, to avant-garde composer/ performer Elliot Sharpe. He was a featured composer and performer in acclaimed director Jonathan Demme's Oscar- nominated film Rachel Getting Married and is composing and performing for Demme’s next film project, Zeitoun, based on Dave Eggers’ book about Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s post-Hurricane Katrina odyssey. Zafer has worked on many collaboration concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music as well as Arab/jazz fusion. He has held workshops on Arab music at many institutions and universities across the United States. A native of Jerusalem, Palestine, he resides in New York City.

 

 Group Instruction Pricing:

Single/Trial $20
4 classes $72 ($18/class)
8 classes $120 ($15/class)

*Alwan members receive 10-15% discounts on lessons! Click here to learn more about membership options and view discount levels.

Group Instruction Policies

  • *One trial class may be taken per student. If a student decides to enroll in a package of classes, the trial session will count as the first lesson of the package and its price will be deducted from the overall cost.
  • Students enrolling in a single class or package of 4 or 8 may choose to attend any session throughout the semester.
  • If a student decides to enroll in a package after taking one single trial class, the trial session will count as the first class of the package and its price will be deducted from the overall cost.
  • Combination packages available and customizable to student’s preferences
    (e.g. 4 classes Arab Rhythm + 4 classes Women's Dance=$140)
  • Class will be held so long as a minimum number of students is met by the end of the registration period.

Registration:
To register for classes or private lessons for the Fall semester, email mariam@alwanforthearts.org with:

  • Class(es) you're interested in taking
  • Number of sessions in which you'd like to enroll
  • Level and/or experience (so we can get an idea of the class composition, all levels encouraged to attend!)

Make sure to mention if you are a member of Alwan - many of our membership levels receive 10-15% discounts on lessons! Click here to learn more about membership options and view discount.

Registration deadline: October 9, 2012

**Students may attend classes without registering by paying the "single" class price of $20 cash or check made payable to the Alwan Foundation, but please check the website to confirm that class is meeting on the day you decide to attend, and, if possible, email to let us know when you plan to attend.

Please feel free to email mariam@alwanforthearts.org with any questions related to music instruction at Alwan.

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(between Broad St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

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