Karen Richards

Karen Richards is a student of Raquy Danziger of "Raquy and the Cavemen" and has performed with her in New York, Cairo, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey. She participates in an project ensemble called "Ashk" with Ted Monnich of "Turku" fame and will perform at the Golden Festival, New York State's largest Balkan Folk Music Festival.

The Voice of the Kemenche: an Intro to the Middle Eastern Maqam

Karen will introduce the Middle Eastern modal scale called Maqam. Students are welcome to bring an instrument (strings or wind, no percussion). A brief history of the kemenche (a category of stringed bowed musical instruments from the Eastern Mediterranean) and its role in music along the Romany trail will be presented.

















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