Middle Eastern Song with Merit Ariane

Middle Eastern Song Workshop: A musical workshop where participants can dive into vocal repertoire led by Egyptian-German singer and composer Merit Ariane Stephanos and with performers Nilufar Habibian and Antonio Romero. Three hours will be dedicated to learning songs from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Andalusia, as well as the myriad interconnections between the Middle East and the Mediterranean. There is a chance to express oneself through colour and ornamentation, and learn about the Arabic modal system (maqam) and rhythmic patterns (iqa’). All singing abilities and experiences are welcome and the day will end with a pop-up performance. Taking place on 2 July, 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.