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Asif Qu


Asif has been playing and teaching for several years. Specialising in Middle Eastern Percussion, but also plays and teaches West African Percussion and is learning to play the Indian Dhol.

Although mostly self-taught he has taken workshops and private tuition from Faisal Zedan, Tim Garside, Chas, Mark Bell, Karim Nagi, and Issam Housan.

Asif Qu has set up percussion groups in Shrewsbury, Nottingham, Lancaster, Lincoln, Northumberland and Cumbria. He has also taught at some of the major dance festivals such as Jewel of Yorkshire, Majma, Tribal Goddess.

He is also part of a Band called “The Nomads” alongside Mike Parnell, Mark Carlyon and Pete Gostelow.

Serendipity Workshops

Dynamic DRum Solo (Show Back)

Let’s produce a dynamic drum solo using rhythm and decoration (playing on top of rhythm). We will use various instruments, namely duff, riqq and darbuka. Please bring any of these instruments if you have them as spares will be limited. The workshop is open to people of all levels of experience.

You will learn variations of rhythm and how to make “pop” and learn the how to structure your decoration to eventually make more exiting and ultimately DYNAMIC. You will also learn the idea of playing rhythm and decoration in blocks as a form of communication with dancers and drummers.

You will have the opportunity to perform this on Saturday.

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How to Learn and/or Improve your Technique on Duff, Riqq, and Darbuka

If you feel that you’re not quite hitting, literally, the mark when playing you drum then this is the workshop for you. The workshop is also open to beginners who would like to learn to drum. We will use 3 Middle Eastern rhythms to help you learn/improve your technique on any or all of these instruments. We will look into ways of how your biomechanics work and therefore help you to not only improve the sounds that you play but also techniques of relaxation and brain training that can help play faster with ease and composure.

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Let’s delve into the world of Nubian rhythm from upper Egypt. These rhythms have similar facets to the ones we hear in Middle Eastern music but have a funky feeling. They are very earthy in their nature. They also have varying parts for each rhythm according to what instrument is played  using the idea of poly-rhythms.

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