Ensembles - Instrumental - Singing - Percussion


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 are also available to download here – 2018 CAMP SCHEDULE (not available yet). Beginners are welcome and all levels of skill are catered for.

Arabic Music Masterclass Workshops

Arabic Music & Ensemble - Adel Salameh - 5 sessions (includes 2 sessions with Faisal's percussion group) - OPEN LEVEL

Arabic Oud - Adel Salameh - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Arabic Maqamat & Modulation - Adel Salameh - 3 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Lecture and Demonstration - Dynamics between Oud and Riq - Adel Salameh and Faisal Zedan - 1 session - ALL WELCOME!

Arabic Darbuka/Tabla - Faisal Zedan - 3 sessions - ADVANCED LEVEL

FaisalThe following topics will be covered:

The mechanical aspects and the physical discipline involved in playing Arabic drums
The different sounds produced on the drums and their relationship to each other
The progression of the Arabic beats – basic beat, rounded beat and embellished beat
The different approaches to playing Arabic drums based on regions and genres of music
The relationships among Arabic drums to create a unified sound that anchors the beat and creates a harmonious drumming atmosphere
Exercises and drills to enhance the understanding of the physical part of playing

Riq (Arabic Tambourine) - Faisal Zedan - 3 sessions - INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

Faisal will be teaching drills and ornaments for Riq for players who already can a good grasp of the instrument. He will look at open (cabaret) position and closed (classical) position, and how to move between the two.

Arabic Rhythm Section - Faisal Zedan - 3 sessions + 2 sessions with Adel Salameh's Arabic Ensemble - INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL

Ensembles and Mixed Instrumental Workshops

Persian Ensemble - Cieavash Arean - 3 sessions + 3 sessions with full cast of Arosak-e Sang-e Saboor - OPEN LEVEL

Cieavash AreanArash (19)OmidLearn to play as part of an ensemble including traditional Persian instruments (led by Cieavash Arean), voice (led by Omid Rahimi) and percussion (led by Arash Zanganeh).

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

PhilBe part of a Turkish ensemble. Musical notation will be provided, or participants can play by ear. This group will be working towards a performance in the Camp Concert. Suited for all instruments and skill levels and percussionists are welcome and needed too!

Iraqi and Kurdish Music - Nawres Alfreh - 3 sessions - OPEN LEVEL


Percussion and Drumming

The Frame Drum Ensemble - Matt Stonehouse - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

This open class incorporates stepping whilst playing various patterns-these patterns are made up of four different rhythms that create the incredibly mesmerising sounds of the frame drum ensemble.

Advanced Frame Drumming - Matt Stonehouse - 1 session - INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED LEVEL

This workshop will delve into advanced techniques, rhythms and stepping patterns to challenge even the most advanced players. A true workout for the fingers!

Turkish Duholla/Darbuka - Matt Stonehouse - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

This Turkish daholla/darbuka style class is open to all abilities and will focus on the Turkish split finger techniques similar to the Misirli Ahmet method as well as other modern Turkish styles. Drills, rhythms, and embellishments are all on the menu!

Turkish Daholla/Darbuka - Matt Stonehouse - 1 sessions - ADVANCED LEVEL

Learn complex techniques, fast rolls and beautiful ornamentations. This masterclass will also focus on self expression as a daholla/darbuka player. Not to be missed!

Fundamentals of the Darbuka - Andy Busuttil - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Andy BusuttilAn introduction to the fundamentals of playing the Darbuka/Arabic Tabla, including common rhythms used for belly dancers.

Zaffer Procession - Andy Busuttil - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Persian Daf - Arash Zanganeh - 4 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Arash (19)The Def is a large frame drum used in Persian and Sufi music. Learn techniques specific to this drum – different to other frame drums due to the many rings inside the drum which form part of the sound of the instrument. Persian and Sufi rhythms will also be taught and workshops are divided into different skill levels to be advised on camp schedule.

Riq (Arabic Tambourine) - Tamara Taylor - 2 sessions - BEGINNER LEVEL

Tamara TaylorThe Riq is a wonderful instrument that adds colour and excitement to both small ensembles and big orchestras, in Arabic music. This delightful percussion instrument has many sounds and qualities, creating a huge range of possibilities for a skilled Riq player. This introductory workshop will cover techniques, Egyptian rhythms and variations.

Instrumental Workshops

Improvisation in Arabic Music for string players - Nawres Alfreh - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Bowed Strings in Arabic Music - Nawres Alfreh - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

13909346_10154374551028537_2884195973270284262_oFor already experienced strings players who wish to learn the Arabic style of ornamentation and technique. Learn techniques to get the authentic Arabic sound and style. Suitable for violin, cello, bass, viola, kamenche and joze.

Kawala (Egyptian Village flute) - Phil Carroll - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL
Kawala is a folkloric end blown flute from upper Egypt, experience in flute playing is not necessary, as the blowing technique is very different.
Ghoshmeh - Cieavash Arean - 1 session - OPEN LEVEL

Learn about the Ghoshmeh a Persian folk instrument from the North East of Iran. Cieavash will teach about the cultural context of the instrument and how it is played and also teach a few folk tunes.

Ghoshmeh will be for sale at the camp.

Mizmar/Zurna (or how to annoy your neighbours) - Phil Carroll - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Phil CarrollBYO instruments. Discussion and practice of instruments, reeds and techniques. May involve walking long distances from other humans.

Persian Ney - Cieavash Arean - 1 session - OPEN LEVEL

Learn the basics for playing the Persian Ney, including an introduction to some of the persian scales. More advanced technique will also be taught depending on the skill level of the students.

Persian neys will be for sale at the camp.

Ney - Kelly Dowall - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Kelly will teach you some technique and Maqamat (scales) and some easy tunes. PVC practice Neys will be available at the workshop and you can buy one for only $15.

Improvising on reed instruments - Andy Busuttil - 2 sessions - OPEN LEVEL


Persian Singing - Omid Rahimi - 4 sessions (3 with Persian Ensemble) - OPEN LEVEL

OmidOmid will be teaching some of the traditional Persian songs and vocal technique. The singing group will combine with the Persian musical ensemble.

Turkish Songs - Phil Carroll - 2 sessions + 1 session with Turkish Ensemble - OPEN LEVEL

Phil will be teaching some of the traditional Turkish songs to combine with the Turkish Ensemble.