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Workshop M1: Oud & Maqam
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop M1: Oud & Maqam
Workshop Code:  M1
Workshop Title: Oud & Maqam
This workshop is geared towards those who are able to read notes, and already know how to play a plucked string instrument (such as a guitar).  You will be gaining exposure to four maqaamaat,, all of which have Arab quarter tones and a sama'i.  You will be provided with sheet music and a USB drive with two recordings of the sama'i that you can practice along to.  Youth are welcome, but need to be advanced musicians.

Instructor:  Dr. James Samir Ismail
Ticket Price:  $30 online / $35 at the door
Date:  Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time:  10:30 AM  12:30 PM  (2 hours)

Materials provided by Zawaya:  Sheet music, USB containing 2 recordings of the sama'i

Materials you need to bring:  your own oud

About the Instructor:  Dr. James Samir Ismail was born in California to parents from a small coastal village ofSyria.  Samir attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering majoring in Control Theory. Along the way, he has immersed himself in strengthening Arab and Middle Eastern cultural ties with America, primarily by presenting the rich musical traditions of his heritage through oud performance. Recently, Samir deepened his knowledge of Arab music by learning the art of oud construction. He is the principal and oud instructor for Zawaya's Aswat Youth program.  He currently works as a Senior Engineer at Apple.

This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:  www.zawaya.org


Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Education > Workshops
Music > World
Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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