Music of the Middle East: Melodies & Rhythm Workshop

Saturday, February 26 at 2:30 PM


Hone your craft while learning about international musical traditions! 

Join the Seyir Duo (Eric Laperna and Nathan Kolosko) for a hands-on exploration of Middle Eastern melodies and the rhythms used to accompany them at this community workshop. 

 Eric and Nathan will teach participants two melodies– Lamma Bada Yatathanna, and Şişeler–and discuss the theoretical background of each piece as it relates to the melodic and rhythmic content. 

The detailed scores with standard notation, guitar tablature, and Eb Bb transpositions will be available at the workshop.

The workshop is open to percussion beginners, intermediate musicians for the melodic material, and anyone who wishes to audit the class.

All melodic and percussive instruments are welcome. Drums are available upon request. 


NATHAN KOLOSKO received his M.A. in classical guitar performance at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. Nathan has studied with numerous luminaries from the world of guitar including Ricardo Iznaola, the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, and Oscar Ghiglia. Nathan has recorded four studio albums which have received high praise from critics. Nathan performs on Oud, Kemence, Persian Tar and Kamancheh/Tarhu. He is currently on the faculty at SMCC and The Portland Conservatory of Music. He is a dedicated teacher, Maine’s first certified Suzuki guitar instructor, and the founder of the guitar program at the New England Suzuki Institute.

ERIC LAPERNA has been performing for over 30 years, specializing in Middle Eastern hand drums and stringed instruments. He has performed with many of Maine’s most celebrated artists and ensembles, including the DaPonte String Quartet and the late Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, as well as world-renowned musicians, Ross Daly and Mal Barsamian. Eric is a Bates College faculty member and the director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, the Maine Middle Eastern Orchestra, and the Portland Conservatory of Music Middle Eastern Ensemble, and is a founding member of Okbari and Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble.

Doors open at 2:30 PM; Workshop begins at 7:30 PM. 90-minutes

25 workshop admission; $15 when purchased with a ticket to the Music of the Middle East with the Seyir Duo on Friday, February 25 at 7:30 PM

No one will be turned away for lack of funds; contact MSA at 207-879-4629 or for information on our sliding scale admission policy.

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