Musical Performance: ARAB PERCUSSION: From Purist to Hybrid

Fri, December 7, 2007 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts Invites you

To a unique concert in The Soloist Series

ARAB PERCUSSION: From Purist to Hybrid

By drummer, folk dancer and recording artist



(House Opens 8:30PM) Admission: $15 ($10 Students with valid ID)

This unique concert will re-imagine the universe of Arab drumming. Karim Nagi presents some absolute tradition, recontextualized into modern and even futuristic performances of percussion. Karim tastefully tangles Egyptian, Lebanese and Gulf rhythms with Breakbeat, HipHop & Bhangra. He will perform on the Egyptian Tabla (doumbek), Riqq, Sagat zills/finger cymbals, frame drums and electronics, plus he will perform Saidi Tahteeb cane dance, and Dabka stomping dance.

Guest performers include:

Oudist Najeeb Shaheen

Beatboxer Pete List

Dancers Kaeshi and Hannah Nour

NYC's Ayyoub Drummers.


Is a native Egyptian who specializes in traditional Arabic music. He performs primarily Arabic, Turkish and Andalusian hand percussion, including the Egyptian Tabla (goblet drum), Riqq (tambourine), Duff (frame drum), and Segat (brass castanets). Karim has authored instructional CDs and DVDs including the first DVD resource on Riqq technique. Karim was a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years. Karim leads the SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble performing the classical Arabic instrumental and vocal repertoire. After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Psychology and three regularly performing fusion-metal bands, Karim traveled to India, Turkey, Eastern Europe and back to Egypt for an extended time. Karim returned to America in 1995 and began performing exclusively Arabic Music. His first teachers were Nabil Ata and Midhat al-Rashidi (Midhat had performed extensively with Abdel Halim Hafez and Firqat al-Massaya.) Karim later studied with Simon Shaheen at the Arabic Music Retreat and learned advanced Riqq from Michel Baqlouq (Fairuz ensemble.) Karim returned to Cairo to study Arabic Music in Cairo with Dr. Alfred Gamil (Cairo Conservatory of Music) and Mohammed Al-Araby (percussionist for Oum Koulthoum and The National Orchestra of Egypt.)

Last updated: 2007-12-03 07:54:07

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