Hello all our Drum/Doumbek/Tabla/Derbeki Enthusiasts!!! We are so happy to announce a New Instructor we are working with. You may already know George, and even seen him in action, playing Oud, Violin, or Tabla, and singing at some of our recent events!
Well, now George is going to teach for us!
This tabla (aka: hand drumming) workshop will be fun, engaging and involved!
George Wakim has developed his own unique teaching style! In his class, Students will learn to use their ears and truly listen, to be able to identify and name the rhythms! In addition, he will engage each student diligently to ensure proper drumming sounds are achieved, and we will work on some basic rhythms.
All levels of drum students are welcome, and Arabesque will have a few drums to lend out. Please RSVP to reserve a drum if you do not own one!
Cost: $30.00 in Advance (by February 16th)
$40 after 2/16 and at the Door
Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail Check to:
Arabesque World Dance
451-B Chair Ave.
Lexington, KY 40508
(There will be a ticketing Link added soon)
About the Teacher:
George W. Wakim is from Miye Ou Miye, a small village overlooking the coastal City of Sidon in South Lebanon. George is an avid fan of Arabic music in which he is an entirely self-taught (left-handed) performer on violin, oud, tabla, and voice! In 1984, he came to the University of Kentucky for his engineering degrees during which period he entertained in local and regional area events. Among the different venues involved during George’s engineering career with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, he opened a show for American Folk/Appalachian icon Singer Jean Richie and shared another stage with bluegrass musician and instrument maker legend Homer C. Ledford regarding musical instrument making at the Kentucky Folk-life Festival in Frankfort. He also opened the first Berry Hill Mansion Music Series show in Frankfort, Kentucky, participated in the “Secret Commonwealth” series of dance operas by Dan Dutton of Somerset, Kentucky, performed in a concert by “Baladna” group on KET Mixed Media Show in 2004, and opened for a show for Simon Shaheen at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Bomhard Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.
George is involved in hand crafting his own ouds and violins. He built five (5) left-handed violins under master maker and friend JB Miller of Lexington. His first oud showed in the “Made to Be Played” exhibit at the state museum in Frankfort in 2009 and oud No.3 just showed at the Kentucky Craft Luminaries exhibit in Lexington in 2015 and oud No. 5 at the Lexington’s Fall Lex Art Exhibit in 2016. In addition to entertaining at private parties, he currently performs with a local Flamenco-Arabic fusion group in Lexington called Alma Gitana and is often involved in shows and events hosted by Arabesque World Dance Production. He also teaches oud.