Musical Performance: From Aleppo To Alexandria: Arab Classical and Folk Music

Fri, May 18, 2007 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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To From Aleppo To Alexandria: Arab Classical and Folk Music

With The Sharq Duo Aboud Agha (Vocals and Oud) Karim Nagi (Percussion)

Friday, May 18, 2007, 9:00 PM $15 ($10 for students with valid ID)

Aboud Agha is the lead vocalist of the Boston based Sharq Ensemble, and the Sayyed Darweesh project by the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble. At a young age he had endeavored to learn the classical Arab vocal repertoire. Hailing from Aleppo, Aboud is highly influenced by the delivery and repertoire of Sabah Fakhri. Yet at the same time he has expanded his repertoire to the great Egyptian masters of Sayyed Darweesh, ahmed Zakariyya, Abdel-Wahhab and Oum Kalsoum. In addition to being a vocalist, Aboud is an accomplished oud player. He has studied Maqam, vocal technique and oud performance with Simon Shaheen. He currently studies music at Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian who specializes in traditional Arabic music. He 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. 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 Oum Koulthoum and The National Orchestra of Egypt.)

Last updated: 2007-09-12 06:39:26

Aboud Agha
Aboud Agha
Karim Nagi
Karim Nagi

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