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Sacred Arts Research Foundation welcomes students for an OPEN LEVEL Global Rhythm Workshop with NYC based percussionist and composer Adam Maalouf. This full day intensive will cover rhythms from the Middle East and India on instruments such as the ancient Frame Drum and the modern Handpan. 

*There will be instruments provided for the day, but you may also bring your own. 


Workshop Schedule:

10:00am - Opening Circle, Rhythmic Vocalizations

11:30am - Arabic Rhythms, Introduction of the 8 beat Cycle

1:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm - Turkish Rhythms in 5 Beat, 7 Beat, 9, Beat

3:30pm - Improvisation over the Cycle, Indian Concepts of Tala and Raga

4:00pm - Composing - Apply concepts to playing with others and with loop machine

5:00pm - Sharing of compositions, Closing Circle


Adam Maalouf is a performer, composer, and educator based in NYC. As a specialist in Handpan, cello, & percussion from around the world, Adam's unique interpretation of World Music is channeled through genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles. Adam is a disciple of masters of percussion Anindo Chatterjee, Glen Velez, River Guerguerian, Michael Burritt, Rohan Krishnamurthy, and in 2013 received his BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music. His "well-fed" approach to teaching music is through a diverse and well-rounded rhythmic and musical vocabulary that will take students on a global journey around the Middle East, India, Cuba, Brazil, and beyond. 

Adam has shared his music in venues across the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMa, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, The BANFF Center and Austin City Limits. As a collaborator, Adam has performed with ensembles such as The Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pink Martini, Ensemble Signal, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Arabic Orchestra, The Asheville Percussion All-Stars and The Gil Evan's Centennial Project, and with artists such as Steve Reich, Eugene Frisen, Lizz Wright, Jamey Haddad, Farah Siraj, Kat Williams, Suzanne Sterling, Juliet Rabia, and Morley. Adam performs regularly with his original project, Adam Maalouf & The Tribe. Find more on Adam Here:

In 2012, Adam co-created the Asheville Percussion Festival in North Carolina with teacher and mentor River Guerguerian. This is a current and annual event where top percussionists from around the world descend on the peaceful mountain city for one week in June. A week long collaboration between these artists results in weekend concerts and percussion workshops for all levels and ages.

Please contact with any questions regarding the workshop.