• Sunday, February 08th, 2009

Cornell’s Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble (CMEMME) is fortunate to have a highly regarded musican of Armenian heritage this semester.

Harold Hagopian is an Armenian-American violinist and record producer. He operates Traditional Crossroads record label out of New York. He has worked on reissuing diverse styles of Armenian music from Shoghaken Ensemble from Armenia, to original recordings of Gomidas Vartabed and his student the famous Armenag Shah-Mouradian, to the “Kef Time” albums of Richard Hagopian (Harold’s father.) Harold is an accomplished violinist, in the realms of classical music and also playing Armenian music, often with his father Richard on oud. He also plays the kanon and clarinet.

Cornell students can play in the ensemble as a one credit class. The ensemble is also open to the general community. CMEMME performs traditional Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek and other music from the Middle East (a.k.a. Near East). Ensemble rehearsals consist of learning and analyzing repertoire from the folk, popular, and classical genres, and several performances are given throughout the semester. Course materials include recordings, notation, and text transliteration. Instruments used by CMEME include voice, oud (lute), qanun (zither), nay (cane flute), keman (violin), tabla (goblet drum), riq (tambourine), and duf (frame drum), as well as Arabic accordion, Saxophone, clarinet, upright bass and cello.

More information here http://www.arts.cornell.edu/cmeme/

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  1. Fri Mar 06 CMEMME — Traditional Mediterranean songs about water presented by the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Ensemble http://www.arts.cornell.edu/cmeme/ on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 pm (music starts at about 7:00 pm) for the opening ceremony of the conference on Water-sharing and Culture in the Mediterranean - Participants: Fellows of the Society for the Humanities Cornell Mediterranean Water Project Team: Gail Holst-Warhaft, Gil Levine, Keith Porter, Tammo Steenhuis March 6th-8th, 2009 A.D. White House Cornell University POSTER PLEASE POST http://canaaninstitute.org/docs/water_conference.pdf SEE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE WITH REVISED SCHEDULE http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeski/viewtopic.php?p=1245#1245 The Water conference starts at 5:00 pm

  2. Same night! Fri Mar 06 Iraqi-American Rahim Al Haj and Iraqi-Israeli Yair Dalal, both masters of the oud (arabic lute), original composers, and keepers of traditional Iraqi music will perform separately and together in a concert to raise funds for Iraqi refugees, including those settling locally. This rare concert will take place at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca on the corner of Buffalo and Aurora Streets in downtown Ithaca. Tickets will be on sale starting February 20th at Small World Music, and Ithaca Guitar Works: $24. Students and seniors and low-income pay $16 in advance or $20 at the door. All proceeds for will go to Iraqi Refugees Assistance Connection, a fund of the CRESP Center for Transformative Action. This concert is a collaborative production of Crossing Borders concert series http://www.crossingborderslive.org and Sonic Planet, an international music radio show airing on WICB 91.7 FM Ithaca Saturdays from 5-7pm.

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