451 Chair Ave
Lexington, KY 40508
Starting a new journey for our Drum Students!
This will be the first in hopefully a long list of Drum Classes with George on our regular schedule!
Cost: $15 in Advance/ $20 at the Door
MU Passholders and Class Card Holders get a 10% discount
This Class is for students who already have some drumming experience, and wish to take their drumming up a notch!
Class will start slow, and we will work on the actual sounds we make, but we will also get to work on 1 or 2 Rhythms, and play to some music! George plans to teach us right! AND Challenge us!
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.