SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Middle Eastern Percussion: Darbuka

Louai Alhenawi

Date: 27 June 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 1 July 2016Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Summer School

Course Dates: 27 June - 1 July, Mon-Fri 6-8pm
Course Fee: £95 (concs £75) -> book online

The darbuka, a hand-drum common throughout the Arab cultural sphere, originated from the Middle East around 2000 years ago. A skilled player can tease a complex range of sharp and deep sounds from this goblet shaped drum. It is an easy instrument to learn and yet has a surprising emotional range. The course will introduce basic playing techniques & essential rhythms, as well as an overview on Middle Eastern percussion. Beginners welcome. With Louai Alhenawi.

Louai Alhenawi is a Syrian-born performer, teacher and composer. He specializes in the ney (Arabic flute), Arabic percussion (dabuka, daff and riqq) and Middle Eastern music. Louai studied at the eminent Damascus Conservatoire, where he also spent a year teaching, and held the position of ney soloist in the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and the National Arabic Orchestra. Since moving to the UK in 2002 Louai has been directing Middle Eastern music and percussion workshops for all age groups and in a variety of settings, promoting Arabic music and culture in an accessible and enjoyable way.

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