Russell has been involved in the study and performance of Middle Eastern music since the mid 1980′s – After a initial period of study in Konya,Turkey specialising in Anatolian folk traditions with Ustat Ahmet Ozdemir, a renowned player of Oud and Saz ( long necked lute ) he broadened the scope of his study to include Arabic instrumental styles, specialising in Oud and Percussion. Russell has performed extensively throughout the UK with groups Bazigah, Taaliqa and Panacea and with a range of international artists including Adel Salameh and Naziha Azzouz.
MIDDLE EASTERN MUSIC DRUM & DANCE FESTIVAL UK 13th â 15th of JULY 2012.We have published a new website for the Festival please click to visit our new Situated on a beautiful site for camping with changing rooms and showers. Workshops and performances take place in marquees and in the community hall with dance floor, kitchen & bar.
About Middle Eastern Music,
text by By Lisa Paulson
According to Marcus, two things led to the ensemble's creation. Community members interested in Middle Eastern music "put a note in my mailbox asking me if I would be their leader," he said. At the same time, he invited his students to play Middle Eastern music for class credit.
San Luis Obispo is one of the last places in Southern California where one would expect to find a Middle Eastern music and dance ensemble. And , founder and director of Cal Poly's Arab Music Ensemble, is the first to admit it.