MUSIC WORKSHOPSEnsembles - Instrumental - Singing - Percussion
Below are all the music workshops for the 2018 program. The 2020 program is currently being prepared. Stay tuned for updates – or join our Facebook group and mailing list (links are at bottom of page) to stay informed!
A wide variety of specialised music and dance workshops is on offer throughout each day. The only problem is figuring out which ones to do! Some of the workshops occur once during the camp and others are progressive. Once you are at the camp you can go to any of the workshops on offer. Schedules are given out upon arrival and can also be downloaded (above). Beginners are welcome and all levels of skill are catered for.
Ensembles and Mixed Instrumental Workshops
Persian Ensemble - Cieavash Arean - 3 sessions + 3 sessions with full cast of Arosak-e Sang-e Saboor - OPEN LEVEL
The ensemble will be presenting pieces in the Sunday night concert as part of the Arosak-e Sang-e Saboor (The Doll of Stone Patience) Persian Dramatic Narrative Performance.
Turkish Ensemble - Phil Carroll - 3 sessions - OPEN LEVEL - ALL INSTRUMENTS
Arabic Ensemble - Nawres Alfreh - 3 sessions - OPEN LEVEL - ALL INSTRUMENTS
Percussion and Drumming
Arabic Derbekki/Tabla - Faisal Zedan - 3 sessions - ADVANCED LEVEL
Placement of embellishments during the music and how to know when and where to use them.
Exercising beat changes in order to have clean transitions, and demonstrating the value of memorizing rhythmic phrases, in order to enable easier improvising, if you’re still not familiar enough with the way this drumming tradition goes.
The elements that create an anchored drumming, that reflects the music and grounds it in order to get the desired feel in the music.
The importance of understanding the three divisions of the beat; straight, odd and combined. This will include working on 7/8 beats. 9/8, 4/4 6/8.
An overview of the different ways these drums can be played in the Arabic music repertoire, classical, semi classical, urban, folk and dancing of all kinds.
Riq (Arabic Tambourine) - Faisal Zedan - 2 sessions - INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED
Arabic Percussion Ensemble - Faisal Zedan - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Suitable for derbekki, duholla, riq, frame drum and sagat (finger cymbals). This will be a very useful workshop for people who wish to lead, or participate in, Arabic group drumming, and players who work with other percussionists in musical ensembles.
Muwashahat Rhythms - Faisal Zedan - 2 sessions - INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL (riq, derbekki & frame drums welcome)
The Frame Drum Ensemble - Matt Stonehouse - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Advanced Frame Drumming - Matt Stonehouse - 1 session - INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED LEVEL
Turkish Daholla/Darbuka - Matt Stonehouse - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Turkish Daholla/Darbuka - Matt Stonehouse - 1 sessions - ADVANCED LEVEL
Fundamentals of the Darbuka - Andy Busuttil - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Zaffa Procession - Andy Busuttil - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL - Darbukas, frame drums, zills, tappans/tabuls welcome!
All percussion instruments and skill levels are welcome!
Persian Daf for Beginners - Arash Zanganeh - 1 session - BEGINNER LEVEL
Beginners will also be welcome to attend the 2 x Persian/Kurdish Percussion Group workshops, which will be working on music for the Folk Dance being performed as part of Arosak-e Sang-e Saboor on Sunday night.
Persian Daf for skilled players - Arash Zanganeh - 1 session - INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED LEVEL
Students will also be welcome to attend the 2 x Persian/Kurdish Percussion Group workshops, which will be working on music for the Folk Dance being performed as part of Arosak-e Sang-e Saboor on Sunday night. Students are also welcome to attend the 2nd and 3rd Persian Ensemble workshops, which will be working on instrumental peices and songs for the Arosak-e Sang-e Saboor presentation.
Persian/ Kurdish Percussion Group - Arash Zanganeh - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Students are also welcome to attend the 2nd and 3rd Persian Ensemble workshops, which will be working on instrumental pieces and songs for the Arosak-e Sang-e Saboor presentation.
Riq (Arabic Tambourine) - Tamara Taylor - 2 sessions - BEGINNER LEVEL
Bowed Strings in Middle Eastern Music - Nawres Alfreh - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Improvisation and Maqamat in Middle Eastern Music - Nawres Alfreh - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL - ALL INSTRUMENTS
Ney - Kelly Dowall - 3 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Composing, Arranging, Harmonising - Philip Griffin- 2 Sessions - OPEN LEVEL
You want to add some chords to a tune, but everything you try sounds naff? Bring your problems along and let’s see what we can do! I’ve got decades of experience dealing with these issues. I may not have all the answers, but hopefully I’ve got at least some, and can help you think about things in a different way… Suitable for bass-line players, chord players, melody players and singers.
Kawala (Egyptian Village flute) - Phil Carroll - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Ghoshmeh - Cieavash Arean - 1 session - OPEN LEVEL
Ghoshmeh will be for sale at the camp.
Improvising on reed instruments - Andy Busuttil - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Mizmar/Zurna (or how to annoy your neighbours) - Phil Carroll - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Oud Technique and Tunes - Mike Taylor - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Persian Kamanche and Tar - Cieavash Arean - 1 session - OPEN LEVEL
Persian Ney - Cieavash Arean - 1 session - OPEN LEVEL
Persian neys will be for sale at the camp.