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World Music Ensembles

For the most up-to-date information, including course descriptions and class timetables, please consult the Registrar’s website, the General Calendar or Beartracks.

The Department of Music offers three world music performance ensembles: The Indian Music Ensemble, The West African Music Ensemble, and the Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble. These groups provide an exciting opportunity to learn about world musics and cultures through practical instruction, participation, and public performance. Each of these open year-long courses is available for credit (*3) as part of a music program or as a Fine Arts option. World Music Ensemble courses are also open to the general community through the Open Studies program. While priority is given to students taking these courses for credit, others may enroll as auditors as space allows.

Indian Music Ensemble

Director: Sharmila Mathur
Instructors: Sharmila Mathur (Sitar), Ojas Joshi (Tabla), Kamaljeet Bajwa (vocal)
3 credits, both terms. Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 in Studio 27 (FAB 2-7).

SitarNeckThe Indian Music Ensemble studies the rich tradition of classical Indian music through group instuction and performance. Members learn the basics of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) through instruction in singing, tabla (drums), or sitar (plucked lute). Members of the ensemble have the opportunity to attend many workshops with internationally renowned guest artists. Past artists include sitarist Shuhaat Husain Khan and sarangi player Narayan Kalle. The Indian Music Ensemble is regularly featured in the Centre for Ethnomusicology’s “World Music Sampler” and the University of Alberta International Week, as well as occasional special events. A set of rental instruments are available to registered students.

Audition: The Audition will take place at the meeting for consent. The ability to read music is not required; no previous experience is necessary. Students must come to the meeting for consent in early September, Studio 27, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta.

Information: Sharmila Mathur, e-mail: sharmila.mathur@ualberta.ca or Ojas Joshi, e-mail: ojas@shaw.ca

West African Music Ensemble

Director: Robert Kpogo
Instructors: Robert Kpogo, Wisdom Agorde
3 credits, both terms. Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm in Studio 27 (FAB 2-7).

WAME-04-05The West African Music Ensemble studies the polyphonic and polyrhythmic music of West Africa with a particlur focus on the music of Ewe people of Ghana. This music combines song, dance, and percussion. As each component is crucial to the experience of Ewe music, all members participate as dancers, singers, and drummers. The West African Music Ensemble is regularly featured in the Centre for Ethnomusicology’s “World Music Sampler” and the University of Alberta International Week as well as occasional special events. The ensemble is fortunate to own a complete set of authentic West African instruments for use by registered members of the group.

Audition: Auditions will be held during the meeting for consent. It is available to all students at the University of Alberta with permission of the the department. The ability to read music is not required; no previous experience is necessary. Students must come to the meeting for consent in early September, Studio 27, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta.

Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble

Director: Michael Frishkopf
3 credits, both terms. First Thursday of the month, 6:30-9:30pm in Studio 27 (FAB 2-7).

MENAMEThe Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble performs traditional and modern instrumental and vocal music from Egypt and the Levant. This rich Arab music tradition centers on sung poetry, heterophonic melody, improvisation, distinctive instrumental Martha Karimsonorities (featuring the ud (lute), nay (reed flute), qanun (zither), riqq and duff (frame drums) and darbukka (goblet drums), the Arab modal system of maqamat (including microtonal intervals, and the temporal system of rhythmic cycles, the iqa’at. The course includes a certain amount of theoretical instruction, but learning occurs primarily via group performance and independent listening.

Audition: Auditions will be held during the meeting for consent. It is available to all students at the University of Alberta with permission of the department. The ability to read music is not required; no previous experience is necessary. Students must come to the meeting for consent in early September, Studio 27, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta.

Contact: Michael Frishkopf, e-mail michaelf@ualberta.ca

For additional information on the World Music Ensembles, contact
Department of Music
Fine Arts Building 3-82
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
Canada
T6G 2C9
Tel: (780) 492-3263
Fax: (780) 492-9246
http://www.ualberta.ca/ethnomusicology

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