ARABIC MUSIC ACADEMY
The Arabic Music Academy is for all musicians, teachers and scholars who have an interest in gaining in-depth, hands-on experience with Arabic music and how it relates to current practice and study. George Dimitri Sawa and Suzanne Meyers Sawa will engage participants in a week-long program exploring rhythmic and melodic modes, improvisational and ornamental techniques, frame drumming techniques, performance practice and much more. Participants will bring their voices and instruments to classes for study, technique and performance. The academy will open and close with performances by the Sawas, and include daily lectures, workshops and time for individual practice and study.
Morning sessions will focus on the historical and theoretical backgrounds of the modal system (rhythmic and melodic modes), as well as ear training and performance techniques for vocalists and players of Western instruments. These sessions will also include introductions to darabbukkah, frame drums, lutes, and some other instruments associated with Arabic music. Afternoon sessions will guide performance practice of short pieces based on materials from the morning sessions. Additional ensemble and solo playing sessions will build toward longer pieces in preparation for the evening and closing concerts.
Students will emerge from Academy Week with a clearer understanding of the medieval theory of the rhythmic and melodic modes of Arabic music, and will be able to apply this knowledge to a broader understanding and more informed approach to musical practices of today.
Raqset Sayyed Mohammed
The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 2
Listen to more samples at George Sawa's website
George Dimitri Sawa Biography
George Dimitri Sawa was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied piano with Irene Drakides, a student of Alfred Cortot, and at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music he studied voice, theory, and qanun (Arabic psaltery). His qanun teachers are Muhammad al-Sa‘duni (a student of Mustapha Bey Reda), Milad Mansur (a student of Abdel-Hamid al-Addabi), Amin Fahmi and Mustapha Kamel. After immigrating to Canada in 1970, he studied ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, and obtained his doctorate in historical Arabic musicology at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on medieval, modern, and religious music of the Middle East at York University, and at the University of Toronto (1982-1995), and held the Noor Visiting Professorship at York University (2006-2007).
Early Registration (by April 1, 2014) - $400
Register after April 1 - $450
Registration fee covers all classes, concerts and events. Participants will receive a certificate for attendance personally signed by guest artists. Enrollment is limited.
Housing and Meal Options - reserve by June 1
Housing and Meals packages (see housing and meals chart PDF)
Package 1: 4 nights dorm stay, 15 meals, ideal for those leaving after the closing concert (Check-in 6/16, Check-out 6/20) - $325 per person
Package 2: 5 nights dorm* stay, 15 meals (Check in 6/15, check out 6/20) - $355 per person
Package 3: 5 nights dorm* stay, 15 meals (Check in 6/16, check out 6/21) - $355 per person
Package 4: 6 nights dorm* stay, 16 meals (Check in 6/16, check out 6/21) - $365 per person
*Dorm housing fees are for single or double occupancy, in an air conditioned residence hall.
Meals only options
Package 5: Commuter Meals (all weekday meals) – 15 meals - $150 per person
Sign up for meals and housing at the time of registration, through the online form. Housing and meal packages must be reserved by June 1. Individual meals will be available for purchase throughout the week at the dining halls.
Optional undergraduate or graduate course credit available through the Office of Lifelong Learning, register for the Academy Week program (button above) and then enroll in the Arabic Academy special topics course for credit. More information at www.fredonia.edu/lifelong/summer/registration.asp (Summer academic registration coming soon.)
What to Bring
- Personal toiletries (such as soap and shampoo). Bed linens and towels are provided for dorm stays.
Questions about the event? Contact Dr. Kay Stonefelt at Karolyn.Stonefelt@fredonia.edu
|The 2014 Arabic Music Academy is generously supported by:
Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund