Middle Eastern Music
Date(s) - 07/17/2019
Friends of Independence Library
The Mid East Ensemble engages families with ethnic sounds and beats, and a variety of rhythms, melodies & songs, as they perform Classical and Traditional Middle Eastern music with some of the world’s oldest musical traditions and authentic instruments!
The Oud instrument originated from ancient Persia and is considered the ancestor of the European lute.
Joseph Tayoun, a second generation Lebanese American, started playing by the early age of eight at his family’s renowned Middle East Restaurant in Philadelphia where live, authentic Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek and Israeli music and dance were performed nightly for over forty years.
He performs locally, regionally, and internationally, as well as conducting workshops and master classes at schools and universities, including Teaching/Artist-In-Residence at Independence Charter School (in Center City Philadelphia), the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology, and Valley Day School and Warwick House where he teaches Music and Drumming with emotionally handicapped youth. Joe also teaches 70 to 90 year olds at Waverly Heights in Gladwyn Pa. and recently received a grant to drum with women in recovery from addictions at Womanspace in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.