Middle Eastern Rhythms 101 w/ Rami El Aasser

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

WHAT: This one hour interactive lecture with Rami El Aasser will provide a general introduction to music and drumming in the Middle East and an understanding of the concepts important to all rhythm and dance.
Rhythm is in everything, and humans have a language to describe it. We will tap into these ideas of pulse, beats, cycles, breaks, to develop our rhythm and musicality.

We will learn the language of the drum, and break down some common rhythms, so you can understand the basics of this technology that is the foundation of all music.

Grab a bucket, pot, use the table top, your partner’s belly, or yes, you can BYO doumbek or frame drum, and away we go into the wonderful world of rhythm.

No drum required but BYO if you got one.

WHEN: Tuesday January 25th 6.30-7.30pm ET

A Zoom link will be sent out 10 minutes before the workshop begins.

COST: $10, $15, $20
Sliding scale pay what you can

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Rami ‘Tabla’ El-Aasser has a MS from NYU (2010) and BS from Northwestern University (1997). He plays darbuka and sings worldwide with groups including Alsarah & the Nubatones, Raquy Düm, and Zikrayat. Based in New York & the Berkshires, he is a regular at NYC’s taraab and dance parties with traditional musicians from across the mideast. With roots in Egypt, his repertoire includes classical and folk traditions from the Arab World, Greece, Balkans, Turkey, East and North Africa, by way of Brooklyn. Rami’s grooves also can be found on many recordings, soundtracks, and live theatre productions, most recently on Broadway at The Band’s Visit. http://ramitabla.com