“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely,
more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
Please see below for the videos of recent workshops on Ukrainian, Palestinian and Armenian songs.
If you’d like to be kept informed about upcoming workshops, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the mailing list.
Yemeni song workshop
Latin rhythms drumming workshop
more Arabic Song for Beginners with Joseph
Information, Songsheets and videos:
Ukrainian Song Workshop
(Friday march 18th, 2022)
In this workshop, Nadia Tarnawsky taught two traditional folk songs from Ukraine, specifically a spring song and a lyrical song as well as guiding us through some exercises to find a Ukrainian sound.
Nadia Tarnawsky received a Fulbright award in 2017 and has taught Ukrainian village style singing in workshops for the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York, the Kitka Women’s Ensemble, Village Harmony, and Dunava among others. In 2011 she received a Traditional Arts Fellowship from Artist Trust and an Artist Support Residency from Jack Straw Productions. Nadia sang with Ensemble Hilka of New York in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster in Ukraine. www.nadiatarnawsky.com
It was free to sign up for this workshop, and we ask that you donate directly to one of the organisations below as generously as you are able to:
Voices of Children provides psychological support for children living through conflict – click on the ‘help children’ button in the top right corner to donate.
World Central Kitchen organizing food relief for Ukrainian refugees in Poland
The Les Kurbas Theatre in Lviv, Ukraine has currently transformed its theatre complex into a home for internally displaced persons. They have designated a member of their company as the receiver of international funds. Click here to access a pdf file with the bank info.
IIE (Institute of International Education) funds the Fulbright program in the US and is raising funds to provide grants to students displaced by the war:
Arabic Song for Beginners
(Wednesday 9th December 2020)
This session was led by Joseph Duqmaq, a Palestinian musician based in the West Bank. Joseph has taught and conducted orchestras and choirs in various institutions and conservatories in Jordan and Palestine. He is the musical leader at the ‘Sounds of Palestine’ project working with students from the refugee camps in Palestine. Joseph is also a professional performer on saxophone and piano in Palestine and abroad, composing, arranging and playing classical, jazz, and oriental music genres. www.soundsofpalestine.org
We are taking donations rather than charging a standard ticket price for this workshop, so if you come along or watch the video and you are able to, please make a donation to Joseph through his paypal here if you are able to: paypal.me/josephsax
and here is Lena Chamamyan singing the song:
Armenian Folk Song Workshop
(Sunday November 8th 2020)
This workshop was led by Armenian singer Sevana Tchakerian. We learnt two folk songs collected by composer and folk song collector, Komitas. Attendance is free and the video below is freely available but if you are able, donations will be very welcome to support a music project that Sevana works with supporting families and young people who have been displaced by the war in Artsakh.
Here is the place where you can make donations if you are able:
“We are finding strength in this unity. We hope that our united voices will resonate throughout the world, and that we will soon be singing and dancing together in beautiful Artsakh.”
The songsheet for this workshop can be downloaded here.
You can read a longer article about Sevana’s work here.