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Indian Raga and Sacred Oriental Music Workshop with Edward Powell

  • Golden Drum 97 Green St. #G1 Brooklyn, NY 11222 USA (map)

Edward Powell is a cross-cultural performer, composer, instrument builder, and educator recognized internationally as being an innovative pioneer in his field. Having spent more than a decade living and studying in the Orient with indigenous masters Edward's music is now profoundly influenced by the Indian, and Middle-eastern modal traditions. Since 2000 Edward has self-released 6 albums of original music and hand-crafted more than 40 complex original instruments which he uses for performing and recording.

Edward has been a professional musician for more than 30 years, has performed in a wide variety of venues and festivals around the globe, and is today considered one of the world's leading fretless guitarists.

This workshop will focus on Raga and Maqam theory, comparison, and usage. Traditional and Sacred Oriental music shares a distinct 'family' relationship stretching from Morocco all the way to India and beyond. The melodic systems used are considered to be "Modal" and are based on the Natural Tuning System (as opposed to the Modern Western equal temperament which is slightly out of tune).

This Workshop will cover the basics of what Ragas and Maqams are, how they are similar, how they differ, and most importantly: how they can be used and even combined.

The workshop will be in two parts: 1) Theoretical explanations, and 2) Practice. For the practical section any instrument, or voice can be used.

Workshop Cost: $30 cash only at the door