Maqam Class Series: Class 8 – May 18, 2014

Dear Class,

The last class of the season was one to remember. Our best turnout yet, with over 60 people, and filled with singing, renowned instrumentalists, excitement, and laughter. That is the way we envisioned this class when we set out on this journey in 2013. It is my true happiness to see it all come to fruition, with God’s help.

As well, many of you stayed after the class for what I’ve heard dubbed “one of the greatest events in Kol Israel history”. In celebration of the Maqam Class and Saul & Lilly Harari’s twin girls, and with authentic delicious lamb burgers and fresh Chimay beer from the keg, close to 100 people sat and listened to some of the most talented and energized arabic musicians and hazanim, led by Maury Blanco.

Not only was it our 8th and final class before the summer, but our first of Maqam Rast, the mother of all Maqamat. On this blog you will find a bunch of great audio files to help you get the flavor of Rast including short improvisational pieces on various instruments including my own on the ney, as well as oud and qanun by Victor Esses and Abraham Salman, respectively. I’ve eliminated the need for a username and password to access the material, so please pass this along to anyone who would like to either join the class or view the material online. (you guys finally wore me down)

I am looking forward to hearing your feedback on the class, and to God willing continuing our journey together in the fall/winter (I hope to be back in touch after the High Holidays). Enjoy the long break for summer; in the meantime: listen, practice, sing, and discuss. Continue reading