CD “Double Bass East” now ready for download

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I am happy to tell you that my CD "Double Bass East" is finally digitized and ready for you to listen to or buy. More news from this summer's work on the website and the recording of the solo project coming soon. I will use this opportunity to apologize: the videos in the post on learning the ...

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Learn the Maqamat

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…It is still hard to find good structured ‘academic’ material about the theory of the Maqamat, and there is no one way to categorize or classify the dozens of different modes… I found a few good videos for learning the Maqamat one by one (without needing to know Arabic or Hebrew!)…

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Spy Work for Musicians

Magdi and Naim

When I was looking for visuals for my article on the double bass and Middle Eastern music I found this picture on this YouTube video: It looked kind of old, and you can see a somehow awkward looking double bass scroll in the background. After hearing the music I had a feeling this might be an ...

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In the Ears of the Beholder

“The awkwardness grew even more when I played simple kids songs they know, and put some quarter tones in them … Ultimately, I played a traditional Arabic melody with quarter tones, and then played the same melody with no quarter tones. My question for the class was “which version was more beautiful?”

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BASS2012 Copenhagen

Two events coming up at the next BASS1012 Copenhagen: Middle Eastern double bass recital, and the next Middle Eastern workshop in Europe.

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Double Bass and Orchestra – the Middle Eastern Version

The phenomenon of the Israeli Andalusian orchestras is fascinating. There are at least two big orchestras with a large subscription audiences and a few smaller ones.
These orchestras mostly preforms North African music, and their main audience is the large community of Jews who immigrated to Israel during the 50’s-60’s from the North African Arab countries like Morocco, Algiers and Tunisia.

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From the teachings of Prof. Dalia Cohen

It has been a long time since I wrote here, and many good things happened to tell about. One of those things was that Prof. Dalia Cohen, one of my teachers and the first instructor on my master's paper, was awarded the Israel Prize for musical research. Prof. Cohen gives in her books and in ...

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The Next Generation

I have written here about the "Mediterranean Musical Dialogue" seminar, and I am happy to report that my bass class included not less than 8 bass players (!) and three cellos too. All bass players had my MEDB course every morning at 09:00, and then another class with one of the other great teachers in the ...

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The Big Question

Whether it is by email or in person from my own students, and so many times from players after every workshop I conduct, I get a lot of questions about playing the double bass in the music of the Middle East. I try to have all the answers here on this website open for everyone, and ...

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Mediterranean Musical Dialogue

The "Mediterranean Musical Dialogue" is a four-day seminar for musicians who want to delve into the world of Mediterranean music. I am very happy to be included in such an impressive list of teachers and clinicians, and happy that our instrument is getting the place it deserves in this music. The seminar takes place in Jerusalem, ...

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