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(Published: October 22, 2010)

The Arabic Music Semester Intensive (AMSI)

NEW YORK FALL 2010 Semester
Monthly Arabic Music Workshops with Master Instructor and Director of the New York Arabic Orchestra, BASSAM SABA

AMSI is a tri-session program of day-long intensives in Arabic music designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of maqamaat (modes); taqasim (improvisation); iqa'at (rhythm) and overall stylistic strengths (ornamentation and phrasing). Participants learn theory as well as valuable practical skills for performance in classical or traditional settings. As AMSI brings participants together in an ensemble format, students gain the knowledge and practice to work as a member of a traditional Arabic ensemble or takht. In addition, participants may practice course material together between sessions, and are given the tools to work together beyond the conclusion of the program. AMSI concludes with an exciting performance of the program's learned repertoire with the director, Bassam Saba.

French Institute Alliance Fran├žaise
55 E 59th St
NYC, NY 10022
(212) 355-6100


1. October 16
2. November 20
3. December 11

*As this is a program, it is recommended (but not necessary) to attend all sessions.

Class Schedule

12:00-12:45PM - Maqamaat and Ear Training
12:45-1:15PM - Rhythm
1:30-3:00PM - Improvisation
3:00-4:00PM - Break
4:00-6:00PM - Ensemble


STUDENT RATE: $250 for full program (all 3 sessions), or $100 per session

$150 per session, or $425 for full program $200 per session, w/ 40-min private lesson, or $575 for full program $225 per session w/ 60-min private lesson, or $650 for full program

*Private Lessons are held on the Friday preceding each session at 263 W 86Th St, NY, NY 10004.*

By check: Make payment to "The Arabic Orchestra" and mail it to: P.O. Box 236, Northport, NY 11768

For more information:
Alejandro Castellano, Outreach and Education- alejandro.nyao@gmail.com
April Centrone, Executive Director-april.centrone@gmail.com

About the Instructor
Bassam Saba is one of the nation's leading figures of Arabic music. Saba is a world-renowned virtuoso of the nay (Arabic end-blown reed flute) and multi-instrumentalist, performing also on oud (Middle-Eastern lute), violin, buzuq and saz (long-necked Middle-Eastern lutes). Saba received a BA in Western Classical music and Flute Performance at the Conservatoire Municipal des Gobelins in Paris, and holds a Masters in Western Flute Performance and Education from the prestigious Pedagogical Institute of Moscow. He has worked extensively with the biggest stars of the Arab world, including Fairouz (the diva of Lebanon), Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Simon Shaheen, Wadi El-Safi; and renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Alicia Keys, Quincey jones, Santana and Herbie Hancock. As a soloist, Saba has appeared with symphonic orchestras throughout the world. As one of the most sought-after teachers of Arabic music, Saba has led numerous Arabic workshops, lectures, orchestras and ensembles at universities and conferences worldwide. Saba's career as an orchestra conductor is extensive, including the 80-piece orchestra of Simon Shaheen's 15-year running Arabic Music Retreat; the Beirut Symphonic Band; and orchestra for Kazim El-Saher and Sarah Brightman. Since 2007, Saba has directed the prestigious 30-member New York Arabic Orchestra and tours with his septet the Bassam Saba Ensemble, premiering music from the newly-released album "Wonderful Land." www.newyorkarabicorchestra.org / www.bassamsaba.com

-Part of the New York Arabic Orchestra Initiative for Educational Outreach

More Information: http://www.newyorkarabicorchestra.org

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