Dance and Music Performance: Raqs Arabi: Karim Nagi and the Arab Dance Seminar

Sat, November 6, 2010 9:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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This evening's concert of Pan-Arab dance and live music is presented in conjunction with Karim Nagi's Arab Dance Seminar.

The Arab Dance Seminar features instruction of dance and music from around the Arab world and is attended by students from overseas and throughout the US. Raqs Arabi presents performances by seminar instructors and select dance students, performing to live music by versatile New York-based musicians. Performances include Egyptian, Moroccan, Lebanese, and Saudi dance styles. The event concludes with an open floor dance party to live music, with participatory dances led by instructors.

Karim Nagi - Percussionist and Folk Dancer

Rachid Halihal - Oud and Vocals
Amel Tafsout - North African Dance
Nourhan Sharif - Egyptian Dance
Sami Abu Shumays - Violin and Rababa
Taoufiq Ben Amor - Percussion and Vocals
Kay Hardy Campbell - Arabian Gulf Folklore

Including select Arab Dance Seminar students.

Tickets: $15, available at the door or online here. (A small surcharge applies, use printout as your ticket.)

Doors open at 9:00 pm

About the Artists:

Karim Nagi - Performer and Seminar Organizer

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released two internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek and Riqq tambourine, as well as two rhythm compilation CDs. He is also well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music and dance as the leader of the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble, and the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches tahteeb cane dance, dabka line dance, and zikr Sufi dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, and several Community Colleges. He has recorded music for Bellydance Superstars, Bellyqueen, and the Bellytwins, as well as mainstream artists like Alicia Keys, and The Urban Griot Project. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in nearly all major bellydance festivals in the United States and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.

For more information about Arab Dance Seminar performers please visit their websites below:

Karim Nagi:
Amel Tafsout:
Nourhan Sharif:
Rachid Halilah:
Sami Shumays:
Toufiq Ben Amor:
Kay Hardy Campbell:

Last updated: 2010-10-08 22:30:31

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