Christiane Karam and ZilZALA Ensemble: Middle Eastern Fusion Concepts
Christiane Karam is the leader and founder of the award-winning ZilZALA Ensemble, which blends classical, traditional, and folk music from different regions of the Middle East and the Balkans with contemporary jazz. She has shared the stage with the likes of Yanka Rupkina, Simon Shaheen, the Assad Brothers, and Bobby McFerrin and was featured on PBS and VH1.
In addition to performing, Karam is an award-winning songwriter and an assistant professor in the Voice Department at Berklee. She is the founder and leader of Berklee's annual Middle Eastern Festival and actively continues her work of bringing awareness and positive social change through music and the arts.
In this clinic, Karam and her ensemble will demonstrate various concepts of Middle Eastern fusion, including maqam theory, modal harmony, and complex rhythmic cycles and polyrhythmic ideas.