The East-West Ensemble plays traditional music originating in the West and the East, as well as music stemming from everywhere in between. The melodies are learned by ear in a structured manner while we explore the typical style in which they are played, their ornaments and their accompaniments. We focus on the way we perform together as a group, while improvising. We mix elements from different traditions. At the end of the year we present the repertoire in various concerts.
Shalan Alhamwy and Jonas Malfliet play together in the Damast Duo, of which they will soon present the first album, containing traditional music from countries spanning from Syria to Belgium.
The apprenticeship is open to all instruments except drums and percussion. We request that you have a couple of years’ experience in playing your instrument. For instruments that will be in charge of the accompanyment, we require a basic knowledge of chords, harmony. Please be so kind as to get in touch with us at email@example.com if you have any doubts or questions, we will put you in touch with the instructors!
There is a special prize (100€/cycle or 250€/year) for students who follow the East-West Ensemble and the Balfolk ensemble or the Eastern violin class. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Shalan Alhamwy is a Syrian violinist and composer. He studied classical and Arabic music and masters both genres playing and composing. Shalan plays in a plenty of orchestras and ensembles as Olla Vogala, Liqa’ and Damast Duo (www.damastduo.com), and leads several musical groups such as Jiraan (www.jiraan.net) and Picea Orientalis (www.piceaorientalis.com). His compositions are being performed worldwide and he performed with some of the most notable Arab singers such as Fairouz, Marcel Khalifa, Rima Khsaish and others. Visit Shalan’s personal websitefor more information.
Jonas Malfliet (website) plays the piano and accordion, and feels at home in many music styles. He toured with world music orchestras such as Les Busiciens, Olla Vogala and Transpiradansa in Europe, China, Congo and South Africa. He plays with Shalan Alhamwy in Damast Duo, is part of Jiraan, and is the pianist of the Radio 2 program De Rechtvaardige Rechters. He is also an experienced teacher, taught at many music internships (Ethno, AKDT) and also supervises the Muziekpublique ensemble balfolk.
Come and discover this course during the free session on Thursday 26th of September, from 7:30pm to 9 pm.
Ensemble (10 courses/cycle)
Thursday: 19h30 – 21h00
Registration is required from the second course of the cycle.
If necessary the teacher can vary the calendar in consultation with the course members.
€120,00 – €300,00