• Program Description
• Arabic Music Semester Intensive (AMSI)
• Spring 2011 Schedule
• Registration & Fees
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FIAF is pleased to announce its first year-long artist residency!
Led by Lebanese musician Bassam Saba, FIAF audiences first
became familiar with the New
York Arabic Orchestra in May 2010 through their sold-out,
opening night concert in Florence Gould Hall as part of World
As an extension of this World Nomads partnership,
Saba and his orchestra now bring to FIAF a wealth of musical
exploration and performance, ranging from Arabic music to
western classical method. Featured programming includes summer
classes for kids and teens as part of FIAFís
summer camp program, a Fall 2011 concert/presentation
as part of FIAFís Young
Audience Program, and the Arabic Music Semester
Intensive (AMSI), a year-long program of beginner-through-advanced
monthly workshops in theory, rhythm, and improvisation for
adults and teens, starting on February 26. See
spring schedule below.
Formed in 2007, the Orchestra is a 30-piece ensemble specializing
in the performance of classical, contemporary, and popular
vocal Arabic music. Its members, hailing from multiple music-professional
and cultural backgrounds, form sections of oud (Arabic lute),
nay (Arabic reed flute), the qanun (Arabic zither), Arabic
percussion, Western strings, woodwinds, and chorus. Bassam
Saba, known throughout the U.S. and abroad as one of Arabic
musicís finest conductors, has led the NYAO via strict, intense
training to an authentic sound and quality regarded highly
around the world.
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Arabic Music Semester Intensive
AMSI provides students with a comprehensive understanding
of the maqamaat (modes), taqasim (improvisation), iqa’at
(rhythm), and ornamentation of Arabic music. Each semester
(fall and spring) is comprised of 3-4 monthly workshops,
divided into two sections (Level I and Level II). All instruments
and vocalists are welcome.
AMSI dually serves as training for the New York Arabic Orchestra,
establishing the necessary foundation required for membership.
AMSI also serves as professional development / CV experience
for professional musicians and professors of music.
Since its inception in 2010, AMSI has been featured in Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Detroit, Boston, New
York, and Taipei, Taiwan.
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Spring 2011 Schedule*
1. Saturday, February 26
2. Saturday, March 12
3. Saturday, April 9
4. Saturday, May 14
*Fall 2011 schedule
Level I, 12–2:45pm
The Level I workshop is ideal for classically-trained musicians
new to Arabic music, or musicians comfortable with their
instruments who read music notation slowly.
Level II, 3–5:45pm
The prerequisite for Level II is one (1) fully-completed
Good sight-reading skills preferred.
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Registration & Fees
Registration ends February 18
Late registration not eligible for student or semester discounts
FIAF Members pay Student Rates!
Tuition per Workshop = $125 / $100 students
Tuition for Full Semester (4 Workshops) = $450 / $350 students
Full Semester with Private Instruction
40-minute Lessons = $650 / $500 students
1-hour Lessons = $750 / $550 students
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For more information, contact:
April Centrone at firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule private lessons, contact:
Alejandro Castellano at email@example.com
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