Farid al Atrache: The King of Fusion with Dr. George Sawa


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Sunday, June 27th 3:00 PM PDT/ 6:00 PM EDT

Farid al Atrash: The King of Fusion

Farid el-Atrash was the king of fusion –  a fusion that is organic and in good taste, unlike the fusion of some other musical artists of his time. He was a good composer and an oud virtuoso,  an outstanding singer who improvised beautiful mawwal and layali and sang with tasteful vocal ornaments. Farid al-Atrash was also certainly a good actor and his films and music for Samia Gamal have become the classics of the golden era.

In this online presentation, Dr. George Sawa will cover:

  •         A selection of songs by Farid al-Atrash of particular interest for dancers
  •         General meaning and translation of songs
  •         Rhythms used and song structure
  •          How to approach these songs to dance to them in an authentic Egyptian style
  •          Other interesting cultural insights and film information for the selected pieces!


Your $25 registration includes Live attendance with Q&A + 30 Days streaming access

Early Registration Bonus!

Register before midnight MST June 15th and you also get
 a PDF download of “Egyptian Music Appreciation & Practice for Belly Dancers” by Dr. George Sawa

a 17-page e-book that guides you through the rhythms, instruments and more found in classic Egyptian music



About our presenter…


Dr. George Sawa

George Sawa was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied qanun, theory and voice at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music. After immigrating to Canada, he studied ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, and obtained his doctorate in historical Arabic musicology. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on medieval, modern ,and religious music of the Middle East at the University of Toronto and at York University. He is the author of Music Performance Practice in the Early Abbasid Era, 732-320 AH/750-932 AD and Theories of Rhythms in Arabic Writings, 750-950 AD (The Institute of Mediaeval Music, Ottawa, 2004 and 2009). He has published many articles on Arabic music in refereed journals and encyclopedias, and is frequently invited to give lectures and concerts worldwide. In 2005 he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his research in Arabic music history. George has been the musical director for several productions of the Toronto-based Arabesque Dance Company, and has taught dancers at the Arabesque Academy and Hannan’s Bellydance Studio in Toronto. His CD, The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 7,was nominated for a JUNO Award in World Music in 2009. A subsequent volume, The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 2, was released in 2009. In the two CDs accompanying the present volume, George plays qanun, semsemeyya, rababa, nay, salameyya, arghul, tar and mazhar.