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Oct. 2nd, 2008 @ 12:03 pm Jalsah Philly is this Saturday!
It's not too late to preregister! Those who pay at the door must pay with cash only.

Sean and Suzanne from Philly are proud to present

Jalsah Philly!

A Middle Eastern music and bellydance jam!

All drummers, dancers and musicians are welcome to join us for a day of workshops and a night of partying. Melissa and Carmine will guide you through playing popular Belly Dance songs of the Middle East. There will be open floor dancing all night, and all levels of dancers are welcome. This is a community event designed to bring together dancers and musicians inspired by Middle Eastern music. Experienced or inexperienced: all are welcome!

Where: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St. Philadelphia PA 19103
When: Saturday October 4th, 3pm - midnight
Cost: $10 to Jalsah party (doors open at 7:30), Workshop attendees get in FREE!

Three workshops will be taught by our Special Guests Melissa Murphey of Ishtar and Carmine T. Guida of Djinn!

Baby Beginner Doumbek Workshop
Taught by: Carmine Guida
3:00pm to 4:00pm - Cost: $20

In this workshop, you will learn the proper hand/finger techniques to produce clean beautiful sounds from your doumbek – a Middle Eastern goblet shaped drum. You will learn how to play several traditional Middle Eastern rhythms as well as how to switch between them. This workshop is also fantastic for dancers who want to educate themselves about the basic rhythms. Bring a drum and one to loan a friend.
Begintermediate Doumbek Workshop
Taught by: Carmine Guida
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Cost: $20

You know a bunch of rhythms...now what? Let's get "Beyond Baladi". You will learn practical rhythm combinations useful for playing songs and making your drum circle more fun. You will also learn how to add fills and embellishments to make your playing more interesting. This workshop is perfect for anyone who already knows the basic hits and rhythms.
Middle Eastern Music and Rhythms for All Instruments
Taught by: Melissa Murphey
6:00pm to 7:30 pm - Cost: $20

Melissa's workshop is perfect for musicians and percussionists ready to try something different! She will teach the basic structure of popular Middle Eastern bellydance songs in an ensemble format. Percussionists can learn how specific rhythms fit particular songs and how to change seamlessly between rhythms. Melody musicians will learn popular Middle Eastern melodies and will be given instruction on basic makam theory.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for workshops.

Go to TheJalsah.com for more info and Pay Pal links!
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