Bassam Saba: The Art of Free and Metric Improvisation and Ornamentation

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Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States
Bassam Saba

With Bassam Saba (oud, nay, buzuq, saz, flute, violin) and April Centrone (percussion). This interactive course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Arabic music—improvisation and ornamentation—with Arabic instruments such as the oud, nay, buzuq, and violin. Saba and Centrone will demonstrate metric and free improvisation, drawing parallels to jazz music in the interaction between drum and melodic instrument. They will compare Western classical phrases to those in classical Arabic music, and show Western classical music with Arabic-style ornamentation. The music will reveal nuances in ornamentation shared by the drum and melodic instrument that create the classic Arabic sound. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments. Sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity.