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Arab Music Workshop

With Master Instructor Bassam Saba

Sunday-Monday, 18-19 April 2010

St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 13091 Galway St, Garden Grove, California 92844

Workshop Southern California March Participants with Instructors Bassam Saba and April Centrone

Photo by Fr. Wilfredo Benitez

Workshop Master Instructor Bassam Saba (holding "Alwadie" soprano oud) with Workshop L. A. Sponsor Sami Asmar

Photo by Workshop Host Fr. Wilfredo Benitez

We proudly offer a music workshop taught by Master Instructor Bassam Saba, one of the nation's leading figures of Arabic music. Saba is a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, performing on oud, violin, buzuq, saz and western classical flute. He has worked extensively with the biggest stars of the world: Fairouz (the diva of Lebanon), Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Simon Shaheen, Wadi El-Safi, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Sting, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma and Herbie Hancock.  Saba directs the prestigious 30-member New York Arabic Orchestra, which has enjoyed sold-out performances in some of New York’s greatest venues since its inception in 2007. The NYAO’s trademark lies in the performance of Saba’s original compositions and fine-tuned traditional works, and in bringing Arabic music education into the NY public school system and universities across the country. As one of the most sought-after teachers of Arabic music, Saba has led numerous Arabic workshops, lectures, orchestras and ensembles worldwide.

The workshop will consist of two days of musical instruction.

Day 1:

1:30 PM       Modes (Maqamat) 

2:30 PM       Rhythm (Iqa’at)

3:30 PM       Improvisation (Taqsim)
5:30 – 7:30  Ensemble

Day 2:  Private Lessons to be arranged with the instructor

Registration & Fees

Student Rates:
NO private lesson: $100.00
With 40-minute private lesson: $140.00
With 60-minute private lesson: $160.00

Regular Workshop Rate:
NO private lesson: $150.00
With 40-minute private lesson: $200.00
With 60-minute private lesson: $225.00

Private instruction without workshop
40 minutes: $75.00
60 minutes: $95.00


Our goal is to offer these classes as an ongoing Arabic music education program reaching the greater Los Angeles area. Since these classes are self-sponsored by Bassam Saba, they rely solely on the number of participants and musicians interested in taking classes each month.

These Master classes will be focused on offering a uniquely authentic instruction in the theoretical and practical approach to Arabic music to the many eager music students and classically trained musicians. The group of participants will bond around the common love they share of Arabic music, realizing the dream of performing within an ensemble under the direction of Bassam Saba. Each month will bring new work and new material, giving students another session to look forward to and work towards.

To reserve a place in this unique opportunity
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Or call: 1-330-TURATH1 (1-330-887-2841)
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Maqam – Learn maqamaat (Arabic modes) through the practice of solfage (singing). Each semester will focus on the full embodiment of a particular Muwashshah.  

Rhythm – Study the essential iqa’at (rhythms) of Arabic music through the learning of the frame drum, ideal for the vocalist and melodic instrumentalist who wish to improve his or her rhythm; better understand Arabic ornamentation; and learn the art of accompanying a percussionist. Participants will eventually pair up as duets with percussion, prepare a piece at home, and perform together in front of the class for the final workshop of the semester. 

Improvisation – The complex art of taqasim (improvisation) simplified through the rare study of pre-notated melodies composed by Bassam Saba, fine-tuned patchworks that lead students effortlessly to the appropriate destinations and modulations within a maqam, while offering multiple options for direction and growth.

Ensemble - Participants learn repertoire together as an ensemble, tying in the many teachings and practices of the program, namely maqam, ornamentation, rhythm and improvisation. Participants will enjoy the rare experience of these monthly sessions to fine-tune each piece as an ensemble, and will have the opportunity to perform at the conclusion of the semester. The continuity of the program promotes participants to practice together as an ensemble and prepare for each workshop throughout the semester.

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