Melos presents Public Workshops in Middle Eastern Culture


March 30, 2019 - 9:30 am

OPEN WORKSHOPS IN MEDIEVAL ISLAM, DANCE CULTURE,

AND CHRISTIAN CHANT/INSTRUMENTAL DANCES INFLUENCED BY ISLAM.

SATURDAY MARCH 30, 9:30 am -12:30 pm, in PORTSMOUTH VILLAGE

LED BY MEMBERS OF ALPHARABIUS AND SINE NOMINE ENSEMBLES

 Sessions at QUINTILIAN SCHOOL, 41 Baiden Street, and ST JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 41 Church Street.   Please arrive a few minutes early to each session.

Free-will offering (suggested $10 per session), Cash or cheque, to help offset costs.

9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. TRADITIONAL EGYPTIAN BELLYDANCE Dr. George Sawa leads open bellydance workshop with Suzanne Meyers-Sawa, percussion. At Quintilian School gym.

 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. RECORDER WORKSHOP – late 16th c. Polyphony.  Led by members of Sine Nomine, Andrea Budgey and Randall Rosenfeld. A440  recorders, all are welcome! At Quintilian School. To register: Please email holly.gwynnetimothy@gmail.com or call (613) 767 7245. Holly will email scores: Brade Der Mohren Tantz; Gervaise Pavane La Venissienne; Susato La Morisque.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. PILGRIM’S CHANT, MEDIEVAL SPAIN– Dum Pater Familias – Bryan Martin of Sine Nomine Ensemble for Mediaeval Music leads vocal workshop for men and women, in Moorish-influenced chant of Medieval Spain. At St. John’s Anglican Church.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. HAND DRUMMING WORKSHOP – Traditional North African and Egyptian  techniques. Led by Suzanne Meyers Sawa of Alpharabius. Bring your Dumbek, Darrabukka, Tambourine, or frame drum (not drums held between the knees). At Quintilian.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Presentation: ARABIC & EUROPEAN MUSICAL CULTURES, INFLUENCES & INTERACTIONS: how much can we know, what can we reconstruct? (Citing al-Isfahani’s Kitab al-Aghani (Grand Book of Songs); Demetrius Cantemir, The Collection of Notations). Led by by Dr. George Sawa and Randall Rosenfeld of Alpharabius and Sine Nomine. All are welcome; With Instrumental demos; time for audience questions/discussion. At Quintilian School

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. GUITAR-OLUTION: ARABIC OUD, EUROPEAN LUTE & GUITAR, 12th-19th c. Bryan Martin of Alpharabius, and Jeff Hamacher of Melos/KSO present talks on Arabic oud, its influence on European lute/guitar. With demonstrations. At Quintilian.

 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MEDIEVAL CHANT FOR SAINT KATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA Led by Rev. Andrea Budgey of Alpharabius/ Sine Nomine. All singers welcome. At St. John’s Anglican Church