Workshop: The Art of the Persian Oud, a three-day workshop with celebrated Iranian oudist Negar Booban

Sun, February 14, 2010 1:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Dates of workshop: February 14, 15, and 16, 2010

Following up on her sold-out performance at Alwan in December, Iranian oud sensation Negar Booban will host a three-day workshop in Persian oud techniques and performance.


Session 1: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Persian-music-oriented “Mizrab” (plectrum) and fingering techniques that form most of the embellishments in Persian music

Session 2: Monday, February 15, 2010, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Persian music "Dastgah" (musical modes) system and its relative fingerings

Session 3: Tuesday, February 16, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Continuation of Dastgah and review of Sessions 1 and 2, plus a short performance by interested workshop students and by the instructor.

Cost: $125, $75 for first day only

For more information or to register, contact Jamal Rayyis at or call (646) 732-3261.

Listen to a sample of Negar's playing here

About the Instructor:

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1973, Negar Booban studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, earning an MA in Architecture with her design of Tehran’s future Conservatory. Focusing on special acoustic design, she concurrently studied music and musical acoustics, sparking her interest in the principles of Persian music of the past. Negar mastered the 'oud and Persian radif (a collection of old melodies handed down by masters to students throughout the generations) and since 1994 has worked with numerous ensembles of Persian classical music. She has given over one hundred performances, including the Fajr and Yas Music Festivals, and made several recordings. Negar is also deeply involved with the art of improvisation, both in traditional "Dastgah" (Persian musical modal system) and in free improvisation on themes of various origins and modes. Her solo oud album, Payaapey ("Continuous"), was released in August 2008. She holds a Ph.D in Art Research, her dissertation on a comparative study of rhythm in Persian music and Persian language, and is currently an instructor of 'oud at the Tehran Conservatory of Music.

Last updated: 2010-02-15 02:33:28

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