Arab Rhythm & Percussion with Zafer Tawil (Fall 2014)

Nov 09, 2014-Dec 21, 2014

Sundays, 5:00 pm

Teachers: Zafer Tawil


Due to unforeseen circumstances Alwan has had to delay the commencement of all Music classes until November 9th, 2014. Please contact Sophie Couche on 646.732.3261 if you have any questions or concerns. 

November 9th, 2014–December 21st, 2014 (6 weeks)
Sundays, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Tuition*: $210
Limited to 10 students


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.

Private instruction with Zafer Tawil is also available.



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 Zeitoun, based on Dave Eggers’ book about Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s post-Hurricane Katrina odyssey. Zafer has worked on many collaborative concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music, Arabic/jazz fusion, and Arabic music at many institutions and universities across the United States. A native of Jerusalem, Palestine, he resides in New York City. 


Registration is first come/first served, and for that reason, we strongly recommend that you register using our REGISTRAION FORM. If a class is SOLD OUT, please sign the waiting list: if there's enough demand, we'll try to add a second session and wait-listers will be given priority registration. No refunds for cancellations after registering. Full refunds will be issued if we must cancel a class due to low enrollment. Because we must ensure that sufficient space and materials are available, no one will be permitted to attend without making prior arrangements. 

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