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Introduction To Arabic Music – Summer Intensive Course

19 August – 24 August | 6 days | 14 hours
Monday 19 August – Friday 23 August, 18:00 – 20:00
Saturday 24 August 12:00 – 16:00

Introduction to Arabic Music is an intensive course run by Taqasim Music School that will introduce the basics of Arabic music. The objective of this course is to give students a good basic theoretical and practical understanding of Arabic music. Material covered will include a brief history of Arabic music, maqamaat, rhythms and musical forms presented along with a select repertoire of traditional and popular music. These will be analysed and presented in a cultural and historical context.

Students are encouraged to bring along a stringed instrument to play during the course. An Oud is preferable, as it is one of the main Arabic musical instruments used today. To make the best of this course, students are advised to practice regularly. The course will run for 6 consecutive days.

The last day of the course will be dedicated to playing a select number of pieces that have been covered during the course. Student are welcome to bring along their instrument of choice if the wish.

Note: The playing of an instrument is not a requirement to enroll in this course.

Registration: £140 (paid online) Course Book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

VENUE
The Arab British Centre
1 Gough Square

ORGANISER
Taqasim Music School


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Marcel & Rami Khalife

Revered oud player Marcel Khalifé reinvents his much-loved music with his son Rami and French jazz drummer Aymeric Westrich.

This is Khalifé as you’ve never seen him – stripped back from the large ensemble he usually performs with. Played on just oud, piano and drums, we hear his songs in a new way, as the heart of their melody and meaning are revealed anew. Inspired by contemporary poetry, Khalifé’s songs promote traditional Arabic music, bringing it into new contexts and continually finding a fresh relevance.

An exciting young composer, having followed his father into music, Rami Khalifé has performed internationally and been commissioned by a variety of ensembles. Sharing an experimental outlook, he has collaborated with Aymeric Westrich on his brother, Bachar Mar-Khalifé’s album Oil Slick, mixing traditional Arabic sounds with jazz and electronics.


When & Where:
Doors open at 19:00 on Sunday 29th September 2019 at the Barbican

Organizer:
MARSM and Barbican

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The Trace Of The Butterfly – A Tribute To Rim Banna

Singer-songwriter Tania Saleh, pianist Faraj Suleiman and MC Bu Kolthoum join a line-up of Palestinian musicians to celebrate the life and music of singer and activist Rim Banna.

After a ten-year struggle with breast cancer, Palestinian singer Rim Banna’s life was cut short in March 2018. Now, a year on from her passing, a collection of her peers and admirers celebrate her music and message playing re-orchestrated versions of her songs in new collaborations and movingly intimate solo performances.

Mixing pop, poetry and traditional Arabic sounds, Rim Banna became a voice for peace and equality, collaborating with the likes of jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, Norwegian choir Skruk and Arabic electronica collective Checkpoint 303 in a career spanning twelve records. Tania Saleh is a Lebanese artist, singer and songwriter with an international following; Faraj Suleiman is a Palestinian pianist, composer and leader of the Faraj Suleiman Quartet; Bu Kolthoum is a Syrian MC and hip hop producer.

When & WhereDoors open 19:15 on Tuesday 9 July at Barbican Center
OrganizerMarsm & Barbican Center


When & Where


ORGANISER

Doors open 19:15 on Tuesday 9 July at Barbican Center

Marsm & Barbican Center

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East In The West: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ARAB PRESENCE IN EUROPE

Did you know that Abdelwahed ben Messaoud, Moroccan ambassador to Elizabeth I, was rumoured to have inspired the Shakespearean character of Othello?

That Antic Egyptian-inspired architecture can be found as far as Cornwall and Lincolnshire?

That in 1983, the first national anti-racist movement in France, led by North African immigrants and their children, grew in just a couple of months from 17 people marching in Marseilles, to more than 100,000 people in Paris?



East In The West: A Cultural History of Arab Presence in Europe

13 April – 14 April ’19 | 2 Weeks | Fee: £240


VENUE

ORGANISER

The Arab British Centre
1 Gough Square

Arab British Centre

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HISHEK BISHEK 13

DABKE | CHAABI | MAHRAGANAT | CHEESY CLASSICS | BELLYDANCE

Journeying through the fascinating and bass-heavy musical landscape of the Middle East’s burgeoning electronic music scenes, Hishek Bishek has emerged as London’s most pulsing Arabic Electronic party.

From cutting-edge releases to cheesy classics, killer Mahraganat tracks and hypnotic Dabke remixes from the Levant, Hishek Bishek is back at Electrowerkz for a night of non-stop bass, mijwiz and beats.
On the decks we have none other than Hishek Bishek’s resident DJ Super Mike from Haifa.

Please note that the nights tend to sell out, so make sure to grab your tickets.

Advance: £15 (inc. fees)
Limited tickets available on the door.
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS 18+ AND OFFICIAL GOVT. ID IS MANDATORY.

The upstairs of Electrowerkz is not wheelchair accessible.

Doors open 10pm on Friday 12th April

ORGANIZERMarsm

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WAEL KFOURY sings The London Palladium

After conquering the hearts of the West and the East with every performance he made, the Lebanese singer, king of Romance Wael Kfoury, takes up The London Palladium’s stage for a concert of a lifetime.

EVENT INFORMATION

Tickets from £105.50 – £239.50
Prices displayed include an online per ticket booking fee. No booking fees in person at the Box Office.

No under 5s. Under 16s must be accompanied.

Sat 13 April 2019

Booking at The London Palladium


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The music and the Oud

Taqasim Music School, founded by Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, was established in 2011 to teach one of the most significant Oriental instruments called Oud, among other instruments and disciplines that represent Middle Eastern Music.

In preparation for the May term, the Taqasim Music School is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 27 April 2019 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE.

Feel free to drop by and say hello! The founding director and teachers will be available to answer any questions you may have about the courses on offer.

Everybody is welcome!

You can now also purchase Taqasim’s curriculum in a printed form online. The Mukhtar Method is a seven book series:
Read more at https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/courses/oud-darbuka-music-literacy/#Zx8HorLCihzZaiqe.99

VENUE
The Arab British Centre
1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE, London
ORGANISER
The Arab British Centre and Taqasim Music School
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Termly Courses May – July 2019

Open Day

When: Saturday, 27th April 2019, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: The Arab British Centre.
This event is free to attend. Click HERE for directions.

Oud Clinic (termly event)

When: Sunday, 2nd June 2019, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: The Arab British Centre.
This event is free to attend. Click HERE for directions.

Teachers will be available to re-string and examine your oud, and carry out basic repairs.

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Also they offer private one-to-one oud lessons. If interested, please contact them at school@taqasim.net for further details and arrangements.

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Arabic Music Theory I

This course is highly recommended for students who want to take oud lessons for the first time but haven’t seriously studied music before.

Learning a new instrument is challenging enough as it is: new ideas, new techniques, new pieces of music and lots and lots of practice! So, let’s make things a little easier. In this short series of classes, consisting of 5 lessons, you will learn all the basic skills you need to read, write and “talk” music. Taking a practical approach to music theory, wewill be adapting the best bits from Western classical music theory and Arab classical music theory to give you all the tools you need to start your new life as a musician.

Topics for the course will include:

  • Reading and writing rhythms
  • Reading and writing melodies
  • Understanding music theory basics
  • Recognizing maqamaat in notation
  • Understanding the signs and symbols in a musical score

NOTE: We highly encourage students interested in this course to also sign up for the Oud Beginners course running straight after it on Saturdays from 12:00 – 14:00

Registration: £120 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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11 May – 8 June | 5 weeks | 10 hours
Saturdays, 10:00-12:00
11, 18, 25 May | 1, 8 JuneCourse Fee: £120

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Oud Beginners Group 1

The objective of the beginner course is to acquire the fundamental techniques needed to play the oud and understand the characteristics of the Maqam Music System while studying the eight fundamental maqamaat together with traditional and popular repertoire.

No previous music knowledge is required to attend this course, as most music is notated as tablature – a visual representation which does not require an understanding of music notation. However, we highly encourage beginners to sign up for our Arabic Music Theory I.

This course is 10 lessons long. Each lesson runs for 2 hours. The for a maximum capacity is 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis.

It is recommended that students spend time practicing material learned in between lessons.

Students must have their own instrument.
Teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and to assess instruments.

Registration: £215 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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11 May – 20 July | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 12:00-14:00
11, 18, 25 May | 1, 8 (15 Break) 22, 29 June| 6, 13, 20 July
Course Fee: £215

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Oud Upper Beginners    

The Taqasim Music School offers a more advanced set of courses for groups of students who are interested in further improving their Oud playing skills.

To enroll for this course students need:

  • To have completed the Oud Beginner Course

Or

  • Be assessed by a teacher. To arrange for an assessment please email: school@taqasim.net
  • To have their own instrument. Teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and to assess

This course is 10 lessons long. Each lesson runs for 2 hours. The for a maximum capacity is 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis. It is recommended that students spend time practicing material learned in between lessons.

The maqamaat that will be further analyzed and transposed from different keys during this course through the study of traditional songs and piece are: Nahawand, Ajam, Kurd, Hijaz, Bayat, Rast, Saba and Segah.

Registration: £215 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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11 May – 20 July | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 16:30-18:30
11, 18, 25 May | 1, 8 (15 Break) 22, 29 June| 6, 13, 20 July
Course Fee: £215

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Oud Intermediate 

We offer a more advanced set of courses for groups of students who are interested in improving their Oud playing skills further.

In order to enroll for the Intermediate course, it is required to have attended an Oud Upper Beginner course, and have your own instrument. The teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and in assessing instruments.

Students with existing knowledge may apply but will need to be assessed by a teacher: please contact: school@taqasim.net The level is more advanced than Lower Intermediate, so students need to allocate time for daily practice and study in order to see an improvement in their playing technique. The Oud Intermediate Level 1 course is made up of 10 lessons of 2 hours each, for a maximum group of 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis. It is recommended that students spend time practicing material learned in between lessons.

During the course, a selection of Maqams (Ajam, Hijaz, Hijaz Kar, Rast, Suzak) will be analyzed in detail while studying traditional repertoire to highlight the characteristics of each Maqam, accompanied by technical studies on right-hand techniques, left-hand positions, and 2-octave scales.

Registration: £215 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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12 May – 21 July | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 18:30-20:30
12, 19, 26 May | 2, 9 (16 Break) 23, 30 June | 7, 14, 21 July
Course Fee: £215

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Oud Upper Intermediate 

New maqamaatthat will be covered in this course include: Nahawand, Kurd, Lami, Bayat and Maqam Bayat Shor. You will also learn new techniques using the second octave and some ornamentation.

This course is designed for students who are interested in improving their Oud ornamentation techniques and to extend their knowledge of the maqam system.

In order to enroll for the Upper Intermediate course, it is required to have attended an Oud Intermediate course or to be comfortable with previously covered material and have your own instrument. 
Students with existing knowledge may apply but must be assessed by a teacher.
Please contact: school@taqasim.netfor an assessment.

Students need to allocate time for daily practice and study. This course consists of 10 lessons of 2 hours each. The maximum number of students is 7. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis.

Registration: £215 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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10 May – 19 July | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 19:00-21:00
10, 17, 24, 31 May | 7, (15 break) 21, 28 June | 5, 12, 19 July
Course Fee: £215

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Darbuka Beginner

The darbuka (also darbuka, doumbec, tabla and goblet drum) is a drum with an ancient history and is widely used in the music of the Middle East and neighboring areas. It is played with the hands and has a single “head”. Originally, it was made of baked clay and an animal-skin head. Modern versions are usually made of a light metal such as aluminum and have a plastic “head”.

This course will cover basic techniques such as the correct way to hold the darbuka, how to produce the correct tones (such as “dum” and “tak”) and the correct right and left-hand strokes. Students will learn a variety of popular rhythms such as WahdaMaqsumAyyub, Malfouf and Thurayya.

At the end of the course, students will have the option of progressing to the Darbuka Intermediate course.

Note: Students will need their own darbuka as they will need to practice between lessons.

Registration: £215 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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10 May – 19 July | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 17:00 – 20:00
10, 17, 24, 31 May | 7, (15 break) 21, 28 June | 5, 12, 19 July
Course Fee: £215

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Darbuka Intermediate

This course will focus on new complex rhythms which will be learned and executed by combining the rhythms covered in the beginner course. Such rhythms will include 5/4, 7/4 and 9/4 timing.
Various ornamentations will be added to known rhythms by filling in the silent beats and controlling the speeds at which rhythms are played.

Also, new techniques will be taught such as the mahbous using both the right and left hand. An alternate combination of techniques will be applied to rhythms in order to develop students’ ornamentation skills.

The course will also focus on improving the quality of sound students produce from their Darbuka. An emphasis will be placed on developing sound the quality of the techniques learned such as the dum, tek and shek.

Note: Students must have their own darbuka to practice between lessons.

Registration: £215 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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11 May – 20 July | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 18:30-20:30
11, 18, 25 May | 1, 8 (15 Break) 22, 29 June| 6, 13, 20 July
Course Fee: £215

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Oud Ensemble II with Master Ahmed Mukhtar 

[Ensemble:  A group of musicians who perform together.]

The objective of the Oud Ensemble Course is to provide students with the opportunity to further progress their performance skills in a group setting. Each class will focus on a single Maqam and its corresponding repertoire with the goal of further developing students’ ornamentation skills such as tremolos, trills and the use of qarar and jawab within each song or piece.
Through this course, students will have the chance to progress their skills collaboratively while performing as a collective ensemble as well as playing solo. A selection of traditional songs and pieces will be analyzed in detail, adding various ornamentations and dynamics. Maqams that will be explored in detail include: Maqam Hijaz, Kurd, Segah and Saba.
The course consists of 6 lessons lasting 3 hours each. The maximum capacity for this course is 10 students.
Lessons are taught on a bi-monthly basis. All course materials are provided in print.

This Course is open to Taqasim students who have successfully completed the Intermediate and Upper Intermediate courses.

Registration: £270 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online herePlease allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

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12 May – 21 July | every other week | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00-17:00
12, 26 May | 9, 23 June | (2 Break) 7, 21 JulyCourse Fee: £270

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Poetry in Motion events

A Dragon Arrives

Poetry in Motion: A Dragon Arrives! (12A*) + ScreenTalk

3 Apr 2019, 18:10

Part crime story, part mockumentary, part fantasy, Mani Haghighi’s A Dragon Arrives! is a pulsating cinematic experience, with a rollicking narrative and an electrifying score. More Info


Atomic Heart

Poetry in Motion: Atomic Heart (15*) + ScreenTalk

7 Apr 2019, 16:15

A hallucinatory journey through nighttime Tehran, charged with reflexive, sharp-witted dialogue, Atomic Heart reflects on contemporary narratives in all their contradictions, both imagined and lived. More Info


Braving the Waves

Poetry in Motion: Braving the Waves (12A*) + ScreenTalk

9 Apr 2019, 18:30

A young entrepreneur and mother living in Minab, on the Southern coast of Iran, Roghieh’s quest to establish a much-contested women’s bazaar is the subject of this observational documentary. More info


Tehran City of Love

Poetry in Motion: Tehran: City of Love (12A*) + ScreenTalk

13 Apr 2019, 18:00

In a playfully observed interweaving triptych of individuals looking for love, Ali Jaberansari paints a picture of Tehran in all its incongruities and charm. More info


Hendi & Hormoz

Poetry in Motion: Hendi & Hormoz (15*) + ScreenTalk

14 Apr 2019, 16:00

Shot against an intense backdrop of vivid red soil, this sensitive drama highlights the trials of a teenage married couple forced to face the realities of adulthood all too soon. More info


Janbal

Poetry in Motion: Janbal (12A*) + ScreenTalk

17 Apr 2019, 18:30

Persian mythology, ancient rituals, and traditional storytelling collide in Janbal, a layered patchwork of documentary and fantasy, performance art and poetry. More info


Ava

Poetry in Motion: Ava (15*) + intro

24 Apr 2019, 18:15

Beautifully shot and subtly observed, Ava is a tightly wound domestic drama about a young woman’s increasingly strained relationship with her mother. More info


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Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema


A film season reflecting on how the tradition of storytelling, so deeply rooted in Persian culture, manifests itself in cinema.

Poetry is an anchor of everyday life in Iran. The morality tales of Sufi poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi find their ways into Iranian lives – from the playground to the marital home, and buskers sell lines of poetry on the streets of Tehran.


This film season showcases emerging voices in contemporary Iranian cinema through the prism of Persian poetry, rather than through its modern-day politics and often stereotyped representation. Reflecting Iranian culture’s rich, diverse traditions and love of storytelling, we present the work of bold contemporary filmmakers whose inventive stories will charm, surprise and enchant – a mix of everyday, universal themes, and the retelling of traditional narratives in new voices.

Commissioned by the Bagri Foundation, award winning film producer/curator Elhum Shakerifar and film curator Faye Harvey have curated the programme in partnership with the Barbican.

Start Date. 03-04-2019
End Date. 24-04-2019

Location.
Barbican Cinemas Screen 2 & 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Film Programme:

Wednesday 3 April, 18:10: A Dragon Arrives! + Q&A with Director
Director Mani Haghighi 2016, 107 mins

Sunday 7 April, 16:15: Atomic Heart + Q&A Dr Orkideh Behrouzan,
Director Ali Ahmadzadeh 2014, 93 mins

Tuesday 9 April, 18:30: Braving The Waves + Q&A with Director
Director Mina Keshavarz 2016, 90 mins

Saturday 13 April, 18:00: Tehran: City of Love + Q&A with Director
Director Ali Jaberansari, 2018, 102 mins

Sunday 14 April, 16:00: Hendi & Hormoz + Q&A with British-Iranian Painter Hana Louise Shahnawaz
Director Abbas Amini, 2018, 88 mins, UK Premiere

Wednesday 17 April, 18:30: Janbal + Q&A with Directors 
Directors Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam, 2017, 72 mins
UK Premiere

Wednesday 24 April, 18:15: Ava + intro 
Director Sadaf Foroughi, 2017, 103 mins


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Is This Tomorrow?

Bagrifoundation are excited to support Whitechapel Gallery’s latest exhibition Is  this Tomorrow?, a  major new project which takes This is Tomorrow,  Whitechapel Gallery’s 1956 landmark exhibition, as its point of departure. Bagri Foundation is proud to have enabled a new commission by Bangladeshi artist Rana Begum and award-winning Dhaka-based architect Marina Tabassum.

14 February – 12 May 2019
‘Ambitious, interesting and a lot of fun’ Time Out
‘Sinister and fun… gives everyone something to think about.’ The Observer

In an era when humanity is facing new challenges posed by big data, bioengineering and climate change, Whitechapel Gallery has invited ten groups of artists, architects and other cultural practitioners to explore the potential of collaboration and offer their visions of the future. They imagine scenarios in which queer desire, house music and fracking meet on a mountainside; grief and microbes generate new possibilities for housing; or machines dispense objects and emotions to support our place in the technological world of tomorrow.

Is This Tomorrow? features experimental propositions from some of today’s leading architects and artists responding to issues we face in the 21st century from natural resources and migration to technology and spirituality. Their experiential projects take the form of environments, models, structures and systems, incorporating artworks, objects, film and graphics.

Featured participants include: 6a architects, APPARATA, Adjaye Associates,

Rachel Armstrong, Rana Begum, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Cao Fei, Mariana Castillo Deball, Cécile B. Evans, Simon Fujiwara, Andrés Jaque / Office of Political Innovation, David Kohn Architects, mono office, Farshid Moussavi Architecture, Hardeep Pandhal, Amalia Pica, Jacolby Satterwhite, Zineb Sedira and Marina Tabassum Architects.

Find out more and see their full list of events related to the exhibition here

Galleries 1, 8 & 9

MondayClosed
Tuesday11am–6pm
Wednesday11am–6pm
Thursday11am–9pm
Friday11am–9pm
Saturday11am–6pm
Sunday11am–6pm