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.

Music Ensembles

Persian Ensemble - Cieavash Arean, Omid Rahimi & Arash Zanganeh - 3 x 1.5 hr sessions - 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 a piece in the Sunday night concert.

Turkish Ensemble - Phil Carroll - 3 x 1.5 hour 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!

Percussion and Drumming

The Frame Drum Ensemble - Matt Stonehouse - 4 x 1.5 hour 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 x 1.5 hour sessions - 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 - 3 x 1.5 hour 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 x 1.5 hour 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!

Arabic Darbuka/Tabla - Faisal Zedan - 2 x 1.5 hr 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 - 2 x 1.5 hour 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.

Body Percussion - Greg Sheehan - 4 x 1.5 hour sessions - ALL WELCOME

Greg Sheehan Circle of Rhythm-3Learn to create your own rhythms and music through clapping walking and number games!
*Creative games
*Rhythmic numbers and patterns (diamonds theory)

Persian Daf - Arash Zanganeh - 4 x 1.5 hour 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 x 1.5 hour 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.

Musical Theory

Maqams into Improvisation - Phil Carrol - 2 x 1.5 hour sessions - OPEN LEVEL - ALL INSTRUMENTS AND SINGERS WELCOME

Maqam workshops picLets explore some of the basic maqams (Middle Eastern scales), using examples from Sufi music. Makams are like scales but each has its own character and personality. We will then take it further and do improvisation on the maqams. All singers, percussionists and instrumentalists are welcome.

Arabic Maqams and Musicianship - Nawres Alfreh - 1 x 1.5 hour session - OPEN LEVEL - ALL INSTRUMENTS AND SINGERS WELCOME

Maqam workshops picNawres will be teaching musicianship and improvisation in Arabic music, covering ornamentation, modulation, intonation and phrasing for all instruments. Maqamat (Arabic scales/modes) will be covered in these sessions too.

Stringed Instruments

Arabic Strings - Nawres Alfreh - 2 x 1.5 hour 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.

Turkish Oud - Philip Griffin - 2 x 1.5 hour sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Philip GriffinPhilip Griffin will teach Turkish style, technique and tunes on the Oud. The workshop will be tailored to whoever attends the session. Players of all levels are welcome.

Oud Basics & Technique - Mike Taylor - 1 x 1.5 hour session - OPEN LEVEL

Mike_oudWe will go through the fundamentals of the oud including holding the oud, basic fingerings, holding the risha and a basic melody if time permits.

Bass in Middle Eastern Music - Philip Griffin - 2 x 1.5 hour sessions - ALL BASSISTS WELCOME (These workshops will combine with Andy's Ensemble)
Wondering how to make a bass guitar fit into an ensemble playing Middle Eastern music?
Which notes to use, how to make the rhythm fit with other musical elements?
If someone else is playing chords, what should I do?
If no-one if playing chords, what should I do?
These are the questions I hope to address, and others you may have.
We’ll try and make it very practical and spend as much time as we can fitting any ideas into practice.

Wind Instruments

Orientale Clarinet - Karzan Al-Bajalan - 4 x 1.5 hour sessions - OPEN LEVEL

Karzan websiteKarzan will be teaching orientale style clarinet fundamentals along with different stylistic elements of Middle Eastern music such as; ornamentation and maqams. Saxophone players are also welcome.

Kawala (Egyptian Village flute) - Ling Shien Bell - 2 x 1.5 hour sessions - OPEN LEVEL
LingKawala is a folkloric end blown flute from upper Egypt, experience in flute playing is not necessary, as the blowing technique is very different. We’ll go over the maqams for intonation accuracy, then go over the songs.
‘Azara’ l’Akhdar, Egyptian Fellahi song, we’ll follow the arrangement of the track found on Tribal Spirit, Carolena Nereccio’s favorite for fast ATS®.
Sa’idi Roah is a Helm Original, using Egyptian rhythms and maqams, works beautifully to accompany a cane dance, it is found on Spice Box.
Ghoshmeh - Cieavash Arean - 2 x 1.5 hour sessions - 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 - 1 x 1.5 hour session - 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 x 1.5 hour 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.

Turkish Ney - Phil Carroll - 1 x 1.5 hour session - OPEN LEVEL

Learn the Turkish technique and style of playing the ney, an end blown reed flute used in Turkish sufi and classical music.

Ney for Newbies - Mike Taylor - 1 x 1.5 hour session - OPEN LEVEL

Mike 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.


Persian Singing - Omid Rahimi - 4 x 1.5 hour 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.