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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bassam Saba and April Centrone will present a workshop in Middle Eastern music on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The workshop, which is open to the public, will include basic principles of Arabic classical music and a participatory session in improvisation.
One of the nation's leading figures of Arabic music, Saba is a world-renowned virtuoso of the nay (middle-eastern end-blown reed flute) and a master multi-instrumentalist, performing on oud (Middle-Eastern lute), violin, buzuq (Arabic long-neck lute), saz (Turkish long-neck lute) and western classical flute.
He has worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Sting, Santana and Herbie Hancock. He performs his compositions with his own group, the Bassam Saba Ensemble, and directs the New York Arabic Orchestra. He also performs with Simon Shaheen's Al-Qantara and Near Eastern Music Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and Christian Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble, premiering a pioneering concerto for nay composed for him by Daniel Schnyder.
Saba holds degrees in western classical music and flute performance from the Conservatoire Municipal des Gobelins and in western flute performance and music education at the Gnessin Musical Pedagogical Institute of Moscow. He teaches nay, flute, oud, violin and Arabic contrabass in New York.
One of the leading classical Arabic percussionists in America, Centrone plays riq (Arabic tambourine), frame drum, darbuka, oud and violin, and is also a proficient jazz drummer. She has performed with artists such as Marcel Khalife with Kristian Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble, Bassam Saba, Najib Shaheen, Simon Shaheen and Samir Chatterjee.
She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Town Hall; lectured at numerous universities, museums and cultural centers around the country; directed and composed the music for plays; and has toured throughout Italy, Spain, Greece, America and New Zealand.
Centrone, as the lead teaching artist for Musicians For Harmony, designs and teaches "Music of the World," a program geared toward the education of inner-city high school youths. Holding a master's degree in psychology from John Jay College, Centrone is constructing an educational and therapeutic music program for a leading children's psychiatric center. She teaches percussion and drumset in New York.
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