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Workshop M6: Advanced Qanun: Arab, Azari, Persian, & Turkish
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop M6: Advanced Qanun: Arab, Azari, Persian, & Turkish
Workshop Code: M6
Workshop Title:  Advanced Qanun:  Arab, Azari, Persian, & Turkish

This workshop is an exploration of Arab, Azari, Persian, and Turkish music on the qanun for advanced qanun players.  We will refresh our knowledge of the qanun and how  it is made, and learn maqams on the qanun, transposing maqamat, the relationship of different maqamat to each other, playing songs in different keys, and appreciating that every nationality has its own accent in rhythms.  While music sheets will be provided, the ability to read notes is not necessary.

Instructor:  Jalal Takesh
Ticket Price:  $20 online / $25 at the door
Date:  Sunday, November 11, 2012
Time:  2:00 PM  4:00 PM (2 hours)

Materials provided by Zawaya:  Music sheets

Materials you need to bring:  your own qanun

About the Instructor:  Jalal Takesh has been involved in music for all but the first 6 years of his life.  While he had his start on the santour, Jalal ultimately fell in love with the qanun, and became one the best qanun players in Iran.  Although he came to the United States to study engineering, he immediately abandoned the field after graduation, and took up with his first love:  Music.  In the 1970s, he established his own recording label,Jalaleddin Takesh Records, and released 7 of his own Arab music LPs that have a cult following until now.  He also arranged and produced for other Arab music artists.  Jalal was also a restaurateur, running and owning the famous Pasha restaurant in San Francisco, which featured live Arab music nightly.


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


Arts > Performance
Education > Workshops
Music > World
Other > Spiritual

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


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