Taqasim Music School
November 2014

Taqasim Music School Newsletter

New courses and open day
18 November 2014

Dear friends

here is our monthly newsletter, with information on our next courses in 2015 and an invitation to our open day

# Oud courses

Oud beginners group

Our most popular course starts again in 2015. The class will run for 10 weeks from Saturday 10th January to Saturday 14th March. Lessons are two hours long, from 12:30 to 2:30pm, and from 2:45 to 4:45pm, at the Arab British Centre (in Central London, EC4A 3DE).
The cost is £170 and the group will be a maximum of 6 students.
To book a place. please contact the Arab British Centre on 020 7832 1310 or email info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk 

Oud intermediate group

We are also offering an intermediate level group course, for 4-5 selected students who must have attended the beginners course before. It is also open to students who didn't attend the beginners course, but they will need to be assessed by a teacher.

Classes will run from 10th January to 14th March 2015, each Saturday from 5 to 7pm. The course will be taught by Ahmed Mukhtar and the fee is £170.

You can see the overall plan on our website

Please get in touch if you want more information.
To book a place. contact the Arab British Centre on 020 7832 1310 or email info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk  

# Open Day - Saturday 29 November 2014

This day is dedicated to all existing and prospective students. 

Both theory and instrumental practices will be demonstrated, including an explanation of the teaching methods used, the nature of the courses and suitability of the student to the requested musical instrument.
Attendees will have the chance to be assessed on their level and musical ability.
You can also bring your instrument to have it assessed and tuned.

A small performance by students and teachers will follow. All students are invited to perform, individually or in ensemble: please get in touch with Francesco to confirm your intention of playing.

The next courses will start in January 2015 for beginners and intermediates. If you wish to take part in the courses or have already signed up, please come along.

The Open Day will be held on Saturday 29th November 2014, from 12:00 to 16:00 at the Arab British Centre. 

Attendance is free and open to everybody, however we request you to register via email to the Arab British Centre on info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk 

# Upcoming concerts, events and other news

Zohar Fresco will run a workshop open to all instruments that will focus on rhythm, ensemble playing, composition and arranging. On Sunday November 23rd, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Fee: £20
St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace - 78 Bishopsgate - LondonEC2N 4AG

Zohar Fresco will also be joined by Vasilis Sarikis and Kalia for an intimate set of original compositions and traditional music from the Eastern Mediterranean. The performance, entitled "The Bridge" will take place on Saturday 22nd of November. For more information and registration https://www.stethelburgas.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=711


Fadi's last video "Brief Conclusion" has been published on Electronic Intifada

Qarar Mujaz (A Brief Conclusion) originates as a short story written in 1958 by Ghassan Kanafani, the scholar, resistance activist and novelist who was assassinated in an Israeli car bomb in Lebanon in 1972.  A group of Palestinian students and graduates from the University of Warwick in England have transformed his story into a one-man play and short film.


If you are interested in finding out more about Sherif Muhiddin Haydar and the origins of the Iraqi Oud generation, Francesco's essay is available here 


Yalda night concert of Persian and Italian music, organised by Peyman Heydarian of the voice of santur and the SOAS Iranian music society to celebrate the longest night of the year.

John Baily [rubab]
Veronica Doubleday [voice, dayreh]

Peyman Heydarian [santur, piano, band leader]
Francesco Iannuzzelli [ud]
Soran Seyedi [daf]

Amaraterra Tarantella [dance music from southern Italy]:
Carla Pandarese [voice, dance, tamburello]
Simona de Leonardis [voice, dance, tamburello]
Federico Tommasi [voice, tamburello]
Alfredo Giani [mandola, voice, harmonica, tamburello] 
Antonio Fersini [guitar, voice]

Laurell Turner [Poised - the poi dancer]

DATE: Saturday 13 December 2014 
Time: 7pm, doors open from 6.30pm
VENUE: SOAS – Lucas Lecture Theatre (G2), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


For info and tickets: http://www.thesantur.com/

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