World music sampler: Saturday, November 15, 2008

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View our VIDEOSPlease try to be at Convocation Hall by 7:00 PM. There's no sound check but we'll review seating positions. The concert starts at 8 PM. We should be on around 8:30. Be backstage by the start of the previous group.

Dress: dark colors, with splash of color if you'd like.

Bring your tuned instrument, and music for the pieces we're playing only. Invest in a black folder if you're not using a music stand.


(20 minutes)

  1. Amurr bismiki (once through only!) Percussionists, take care in switching between wahda and maqsum.
  2. Wahrane (first and second verses, oud taqsim by Aws, then repeat first verse and close)
  3. Foug al-Nakhal (piano intro, then instrumental, 2x chorus, verse, chorus, verse, 2x chorus) - Amal and Rana, solo.
  4. Shoore Ashegaane in G minor (Kioumars solo, Andrew on tonbak)

General principles

  • melodic instrumentalists should take care: (1) to drop volume during vocal solos, and raise volume during chorus sections; (2) to drop volume during targama, and raise volume during lawazim, creating a sharp contrast; (3) to drop volume prior to solos, in order to maximize contrast; (4) develop your own tasteful lawazim and heterophonic variations; (5) stay in tune and on pitch
  • melodic instrumentalists should vary repeats, by rising an octave if possible (violins especially)
  • when one instrument has a solo, others should not drop out. For taqasim, provide a quiet drone on the tonic. For other solos, use a "targama" technique, as if accompanying the singer.
  • percussionists should take care: (1) not to let volume get too high; (2) to listen to one another and to the rest of the ensemble, in order to stay in time; (3) not to accelerate or decelerate except where required; (4) provide nice balance of dum and tek, drum sound and jingle sound, within the ensemble by including a variety of percussion instruments: tabla, tonbak, riqq, tambourine, shaker, clave, etc.
  • percussion should always change between chorus and verse; use quieter, less dense cycles with less jangling for verses; louder, denser, janglier for chorus. Precise specifications will vary with the piece.
  • singers: (1) know who is singing solo part and who is singing chorus; (2) sing loudly!
  • all: watch each other, watch me, smile and enjoy the performance! :)