Contemporary Middle Eastern Music

Course Number
ENGB-221
Description
This ensemble will perform contemporary compositions and standard repertoire from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia. Emphasis is on improvisation, communication within the ensemble, developing a groove (including tunes in asymmetrical meters), and exploring the musical resources of the Middle East. Since the music is primarily modal, this ensemble offers students to an opportunity to explore dynamics, instrumental timbre, embellishment, and phrasing free from the constraints of complex harmony. Repertoire is chosen each semester, based on students' preference, from the work of artists such as: Fairuz, Abdel Wahab, Natacha Atlas, La├žo Tayfa, Simon Shaheen, Charbel Rouhana, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and many others.
Credits
1
Prerequisites
Overall ensemble rating 4
Required Of
None
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Location
Boston
Department
ENS
Course Chair
Sean Skeete
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