darbuka group class
Location: Upper West Side, NYC
Rate: $20 per class
Students will gain advanced knowledge in tabla (darbakkeh / darbuka) technique and rhythms. This class is ideal for those who wish to enter the field as an accompaniment to an ensemble or dancers, or eventually become a teacher. Advanced students are invited to participate in concerts around the city to develop their skills.
frame drum group classes
MONDAYS 7:30-8:30pm * Women Only *
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan
[Beginner to Intermediate] Study technique of frame drum (open position and lap position), explore odd meters and improvisation techniques. The frame drum dates back to the beginning of shamanism (~100,000 years old). History shows that women were often the drummers, leading specifically with the frame drum in sacred ceremony. To this day, the frame drum is used by indigenous groups around the world. [See Layne Redmond’s historical book on the topic, When Women Were Drummers]
chiqqs with riqqs
Mondays 6:30-7:30PM — upper west side — $20
[Intermediate / Women’s Class] Study technique of riqq (Arabic tambourine), including closed position (playing on the skin), open position (zil work) and cabaret position (dance use). This class is ideal for those who wish to enter the field as a performer or teacher of riqq.
oud group class
Students learn basic technique, ornamentation, maqamaat or Arabic scales, and popular classical/folk Arabic songs and muwashahat upon the oud or Arabic lute.
fall 2018 schedule
MONDAYS 6:30-8:30PM - RIQQS / FRAME DRUM * Women Only Night *
TUESDAYS 6:30-8:30PM - DARBUKA / FRAME DRUM
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION - email for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
payment and registration
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Special Workshops: Trance Drumming
Participants will learn trance rhythms upon the frame drum, ecstatic dance movements and chants (optionally), and engage in 'drum journeys.' Vocalization / singing and movement is encouraged but not mandatory. It is a space where participants may safely explore meditation, trance and manifesting personal intentions. [ For women-only and mixed groups. Inquire via email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org ]