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An Evening of Middle Eastern Music & Dance with Zapion & Rosa Noreen
The Dance Hall
Kittery, ME
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An Evening of Middle Eastern Music & Dance with Zapion & Rosa Noreen
A dedicated teacher and an elegant performer, Rosa Noreen's singular style of belly dance is influenced by her ballet background and years of study of Egyptian dance. Known for her classical lines and friendly approach, Rosa delights students and audiences alike.

A student of the late Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, Eric LaPerna, formed Zapion in 2010. Zapion plays folk, classical and art music from the Turkish and Arab traditions, as well as Iranian and Balkan music. Zapion got its name from a Greek Taverna Udi Al used to perform at in the 70s, and are doing their best to keep the music he loved alive.

Eric LaPerna has been a performing musician for over 25 years. He is well versed in many different styles of percussion but Middle Eastern hand drums and rhythmic systems are his specialty. He is a founding member of Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble and Zapion and has played with some of Maine's most prestigious ensembles and performers including the Daponte String Quartet and the late Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian. Eric is the Director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, and is a member of the Applied Music Faculty at Bates College as well as adjunct instructor of hand percussion at Bowdoin College. He also teaches private lessons and workshops on Middle Eastern hand drums and music throughout New England.

Maria Wagner is a performer and private clarinet instructor in the Portland, ME area. She has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the PORTopera Orchestra, the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Music Festival Orchestra, and more. Her primary teacher was Dr. Thomas Parchman of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Maria specializes in the performance of new solo and chamber music written for clarinet and bass clarinet. Maria studies music from Turkish, Arab, Armenian, and Greek traditions with master Armenian oudist and clarinetist Malcolm Barsamian.

Driven by an endless curiosity, composer/multi-instrumentlist Nathan Koloskos musical interests cover a wide breadth of repertoire and genres. From Taiwanese aboriginal choral works to Hungarian chamber music his compositions have been performed and recorded by numerous musicians. Trained as a classical guitarist Nathan also performs on Oud and Kamancheh and has a deep interest in Persian and Arabic classical music.
Nathans recordings have gained the attention of numerous critics. "A high-octane agenda from a guitarist with the skill, imagination, and confidence to bring it alive." - Classical Guitar, London. Collaboration is a source of inspiration for Nathan. He has a long-standing working relationship with musician Carl Dimow and artist Ling-Wen Tsai that has resulted in a body of work that is both eclectic and broad. Nathan has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including grants from the Allied Arts Foundation andD'Addario Strings. In addition to being a performer and composer Nathan is a dedicated teacher, devoted to the advancement of guitar pedagogy.

Sarah Mueller, a Maine native, spent several years touring North America with her family's bluegrass band, appearing on four albums as a fiddler, songwriter, and arranger. She is an active session player, most recently appearing on the prog metal album Heliodromus by Sunrunner (Minotauro Records), and Am I Born to Die?, the well-received debut release of The Ghosts of Johnson City, a local folk/Americana band. She maintains an active interest in the traditional music of America, Eastern Europe, and more recently, the Middle East. She has performed with numerous regional orchestras, chamber groups, and ensembles, including Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble, Cinder Conk, the Casco Bay Tummlers, and New Orleans-based Bulgarian folk trio Mahala. Sarah is a violin performance major at the University of Southern Maine, where she studies with Dr. Robert Lehmann. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops with Mark O'Connor, the Ying Quartet, Darol Anger, Yale Strom, and Mike Block, among others.

David Newsam is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. David created the guitar programs at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches jazz and classical guitar, directs the UNH Guitar Ensembles and coaches jazz ensembles. He also taught at Dartmouth College from 1992-2015. David performs solo and group engagements throughout New England. He has performed in concerts and clinics with many noted musicians, among them guitarists Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini and Howard Alden, pianists Dave McKenna and James Williams, drummers Ed Shaugnessy, Louis Bellson, Bob Moses and Alan Dawson, and jazz legends Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Joe Williams and Milt Jackson. Dave performed with the Back Bay Guitar Trio. In 2009 the trio toured Germany. Recent concert appearances include performances at Berklee College of Music, Longy School of Music, St. Anselm College, The House of Blues, the Boston Hatch Shell. Dave is the former Artistic Director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society. He is the author of the book, Making Money Teaching Music, published by Writer's Digest Books, and the DVD, How to Accelerate Your Classical Guitar Playing, produced by Rittor Music. David also created the online course, Fundamentals of Classical Guitar for Berklee Online.

Leon Harkleroad is an accordionist, pianist, and percussionist.  He plays with the Bowdoin Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, has performed with the Midcoast Symphony, was the sixth member of the Laid Back Brass quintet, and served as resident musician and music instructor for the Mainewoods international folk dance camp.  He has taught courses on the mathematical aspects of music and folk dance at Bowdoin, Bates, and Cornell, and presented workshops and lectures on this subject at colleges and conferences in Boston, San Diego, and many places in between.  His book for the general public, The Math Behind the Music, appeared in 2006 and after several printings continues to be published by Cambridge University Press.

$16 in advance and $20 at the door


The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St
Kittery, ME 03904
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No


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