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Mosaic: A Day of Dance and Music
Event date: Sept. 25th
Venue Name: Community Music Center
3350 Southeast Francis Street, Portland
Workshop is at 1pm for those who have a workshop ticket.
Concert is at 8pm
Brothers of the Baladi are pleased to announce a day of music and dance workshops and an evening concert focusing on the appreciation of Middle Eastern music. This event, Mosaic, is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) that works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life. RACC has served the Portland tri-county area since its inception in 1995, when the city’s Metropolitan Arts Commission transitioned into a separate not-for-profit organization based upon the recommendation of ArtsPlan 2000+.
The day will begin with afternoon workshops by Michael Beach, Ishmael, Bobak Selehi and Amel Tafsout. There will be a panel discussion and a Middle Eastern style souk (market) with food from Hoda’s and a wide variety of CD’s provided by Music Millennium. There will be afternoon showcases sets by local Middle Eastern groups: Arabesque Ensemble, David Rheihs and Friends, Negara and the Rhythm Keepers. The award winning film, Belly, by Cecilia & Chad Rinn will be shown as well. An evening concert will feature the Middle Eastern/World Music of the Brothers of the Baladi and will feature dance performance by Jane Archer.
Michael Beach: Vocalist, multi-ethnic drummer/percussionist and founder of Brothers of the Baladi & Arabesque. Beach and his bands have been bringing their music to festival, college, concert and Belly Dance audiences all over the world for three decades. Allegro Media distributes their 11 recordings nationally as well as Beach’s 2002 solo CD, Hands of a Thousand Dances. Michael’s 1991 Basic Middle Eastern Rhythms DVD was the first Middle Eastern Drum instructional video ever marketed and he continues to be one of the most sought after clinicians – from Basic Beginner to Advanced levels.
Amel Tafsout: An accomplished, international dancer and choreographer of North African Maghreb Dance, a story teller, a singer, a language instructor and a dance anthropologist. Fascinated by dance since childhood, Tafsout is versed in dances both new and old from her native Algeria as well as the multitude of ethnic/tribal/folk dances from neighboring countries. Her work draws on ritual and traditional dances from the Maghreb and the Middle East. In her early twenties she emigrated to Germany founding the successful Pan Arabic dance group: Banat As-Sahra (Daughters of the Sahara Desert), a company which was instrumental in dismissing Western prejudices about Arab women, bringing Arabic dance culture to Europe.
Ishmael: An acclaimed and well-respected professional master of the kanoun, 72 string zither of the Middle East. Born to Assyrian parents from Northern Iran, Ishmael studied Middle Eastern Maqam theory with Turkish kanoun master, Ismail Sheshalar in Istanbul and with oudist Harant Effeni in Los Angeles. As well as being fine pianist, Ishmael performed as a timpanist in the Santa Clara Philharmonic Orchestra. Known for his unique improvisational style, he performs the many varieties of Arabic music (Egyptian, Saudi, Lebanese and North African) as well as Turkish, Armenian, Persian, Greek, Hebrew and American music.
Bobak Salehi, MBA: Multi instrumentalist, Bobak was born in Tehran, Iran. He ventured into the music world when he was eight years old under the direction of his father maestro Hossein Salehi. He expanded his training into Western classical music by studying with classical violinists Anita Jones and Eileen Dies. In 1999 the Oregon Historical Society recognized him as master artist on Setar (Persian Long-necked Lute). In the same year, he founded the Damâm Ensemble, focusing on the classical and folk music of Iran. In 2003 he co-founded râz where he focused on blending the popular music of Latin America and the Middle East.
Bobak will demonstrate detailed examples of the Persian modes on Kamancheh, Setar, Tar, Oud, Daf, Tombak, Violin, Guitar and Voice. Students will have the opportunity to try out some of the instruments, and ask hands-on questions about the scales, rhythms, or general materials. The workshop will conclude with a small ensemble demo. Students who play an instrument (any instrument) are encouraged to bring their respective instruments to the session. Sheet music will be provided.
WHEN: Saturday, September 25th, 2010—begins at 1pm
WHERE: Community Music Center
3350 Southeast Francis Street, Portland
ADMISSION: Workshops: $15
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