Feeling and Embodying the Music through Maqam
with Sami Abu Shumays
LIVE Sunday, October 24th 3:00 PM PDT / 6:00 PM EDT
+ 30 Days streaming access
Maqam is the melodic system used in Arabic Music, and one of the things that most excites traditional listeners to Arabic music is the changes in maqam. The subtlest change in one note can be as compelling to hear as the subtlest movement of a hand or a turn of a hip can be to watch. Dancers who are able to hear and respond to these changes in the melody have a powerful tool that lets them express themselves more deeply with Arabic music.
Although many people falsely believe that maqam is difficult to understand, this class will break down what is happening in the melody into the most basic elements: the changes in mood, and the drama that results from contrasting moods. We’ll illustrate the common changes that happen in Maqam Bayati, one of the most popular maqamat used in Arabic music, and explore both songs and improvisations in this maqam. Dancers will leave this class with a clearer understanding of how to continue to develop their sensibility for melody and maqam, and with the tools needed for more active listening, to help them incorporate this knowledge into their experience of Arabic music moving forward.
Dancers will learn:
- some of the common songs in Maqam Bayati
- the different parts of Maqam Bayati (known as “Ajnas” – the plural of “Jins”)
- some of the basic terminology musicians use
- how to feel changes in maqam
- how to listen to music in order to develop their understanding of maqam
- some ideas on how to incorporate this knowledge into their dancing
Your $25 Registration Includes:
Live Attendance with Q & A plus 30 days streaming access to the replay
EARLY REGISTRATION BONUS!
Register by October 16th, and get access to an extra video class!