Musical Performance: A Percussion Encounter: Egypt, India, Peru

Fri, March 23, 2007 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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To A Percussion Encounter: Egypt, India, Peru With Karim Nagi (Riq, Tabla, Sagat, Daf) Nitin Mitta (Indian Tabla) Hector Morales (Congas, Cajon)

Friday, March 23, 2007, 9:00 PM $15 ($10 Students with valid ID)

Percussion and percussionists are often marginalized and considered secondary to melody and vocals. This encounter between three of the most talented percussionists living in the USA claims that musical space to allow for each individual talent and instrument to explore alone and together the rhythmic and melodic possibilities of possibly the oldest form of music humans made. This unique encounter also allows a South-South dialogue that has been discontinued by focus on fusion with Jazz, Rock and Classical music--it is a unique opportunity to re-visit and re-invent old connections.

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian who specializes in traditional Arabic music. He uses his traditional foundation to re-imagine the culture, discovering progressive deliveries and new concepts. Karim performs primarily Arabic, Turkish and Andalusian hand percussion, including the Egyptian Tabla (goblet drum), Riqq (tambourine), Duff (frame drum), and Segat (brass castanets). Karim has authored instructional CDs and DVDs including the first DVD resource on Riqq technique. Karim was a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years. Karim leads the SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble performing the classical Arabic instrumental and vocal repertoire. Karim travels the country presenting his education program called Arabic Music, Dance and Culture to school grades 2 up through the university level. Karim developed and currently performs Turbo Tabla : a music and dance show that combines traditional Arabic and Turkish music with modern Electronica and Techno. Turbo Tabla CDs are distributed internationally by Universal Records. Karim dances and teaches Dabka (Arabic Line Dance), leads the Zaitoun Dabka Troupe, and is the director of the Arab Dance Seminar, a travelling weekend of workshops for professional training in pan-Arab dance. Karim came to the USA with his parents in the late 1970's. His father brought him back to Egypt every year to visit his family. After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Psychology and three regularly performing fusion-metal bands, Karim traveled to India, Turkey, Eastern Europe and back to Egypt for an extended time. Karim returned to America in 1995 and began performing exclusively Arabic Music. His first teachers were Nabil Ata and Midhat al-Rashidi (Midhat had performed extensively with Abdel Halim Hafez and Firqat al-Massaya.) Karim later studied with Simon Shaheen at the Arabic Music Retreat and learned advanced Riqq from Michel Baqlouq (Fairuz ensemble.) Karim returned to Cairo to study Arabic Music in Cairo with Dr. Alfred Gamil (Cairo Conservatory of Music) and Mohammed Al-Araby (percussionist for Umm Koulthoum and The National Orchestra of Egypt.)

Nitin Mitta is one of the prominent young tabla players of his generation. Born in Hyderabad , in 1975, and brought up there, Nitin first performed solo tabla at the age of ten. Over the years he has matured into a tabla player of rare technical virtuosity and sensitivity. He has performed worldwide with some of India's most celebrated and honored musicians – such as Pt. Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pt. Rajan Sajan Mishra, Pt.Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Smt. Veena Sahasrabudhe and Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee just to name a few. Nitin's accompaniment – at once dexterous, supportive and spontaneously inventive - combined with the rich repertoire that he has inherited from his guru-s, and the inspiration that he draws from his peers has won him the admiration of music lovers and connoisseurs at an international level. Nitin received his early training in Hyderabad from Pandit G. Satyanarayana . In his years as a tabla-student, he won many accolades, including the first prize in the All India Competition held in Calcutta and completing the diploma in music from the Telugu University, Hyderabad with Honors. He was also awarded a National Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Central Govt. His passion for rhythm and his desire to enhance his repertoire of tabla-compositions, lead him to seek the guidance of Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar who lives in Mumbai, and is one of the most highly respected Tabla-mentors of his generation. Mulgaonkarji familiarized Nitin with numerous traditional tabla-solo compositions and focused his student's attention upon those finer aspects of rendition that bring these compositions to life in performance, allowing for all the subtleties of individual interpretation. Both of Nitin's Gurus are disciples of the late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan Saheb, legendary doyen of the Farukhabad Gharana . Nitin has thus received two perspectives upon a single tradition and he has enriched his inheritance through his own capacity for assimilation and interpretation. On moving to the United States in 2002, Nitin received a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on Arts . He has been on the Faculty at the Learn Quest Academy of Music in Waltham , MA . Now a resident of New York City , He is actively involved in teaching, performing, recording, and conducting tabla workshops. He has recently performed at venues like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, The Asia Society, and The Indian Embassy in New York and The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. He has also conducted lecture-demonstrations and performed at Brown University, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, U Penn, The University of Chicago and Drury University. Nitin has performed in some of the major festivals and venues in India , the U.S. and in Canada, Germany, France, England, Ireland, Finland, Sri Lanka and the Baltic countries - Lithuania , Belarus, and Vilnius. He has performed at the Purcell Room, London and the India culture centre , Berlin . In India, he has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals and venues, including The Pt. Motiram and Pt. Maniram Sangeeth Samaroh, Hyderabad, The Pt. Radhika Mohan Moitra Music conference, Kolkatta, Music Academy, Chennai, SPICMACAY, The St. Xavier's' IMG Music Festival, Mumbai, Surya Festival, Trivandrum, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and the Nehru Centre, Mumbai. His performance in the musical album entitled "Soul Strings" released by Music Today has been widely appreciated.

Hector Morales is a Peruvian drummer/percussionist, composer, recording artist and innovative educator. Hector has played with top artists of Afro-Peruvian, Latin and Jazz music, such as: Marcos Campos (Peru Negro), Carlos Hayre, Chico Mendoza, TK Blue and Onaje Allan Gumbs and has recently been featured in a video produced by LP (Latin Percussion). He graduated from the “William Paterson University Jazz Program” in New Jersey and has performed around the world at internationally renowned stages such as NJPAC’s Festival: “Sounds of the City”, “The National Museum of Perú”, “Society of Musicians and Composers of Chile Auditorium”, and “Jerusalem Music Festival”. Mr. Morales leads his own group Afrodita and is involved in various other projects with bands such as Alcatraz, Shusmo, and Ayyoub. In these various combinations, he has been fusing his Peruvian percussion style with other Afro-Latin beats, Jazz and Arab music. He is the current percussion teacher for the “Center for Traditional Music and Dance” (Cajon), “Bronx Arts Ensemble”, “Park Performing Arts Center” and the “Sharon Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts”. Mr. Morales is also the creator of the innovative interactive music program “The Art of Playing Together” and has conducted master classes, residencies, after school programs and interactive workshops for institutions such as the Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Mr. Morales in in the process of writing a manual on Afro-Peruvian percussion.

Last updated: 2007-09-11 14:15:55

Karim Nagi
Karim Nagi
Nitin Mitta
Nitin Mitta
Hector Morales
Hector Morales

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