Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

June 22 – 29, 2019
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August 10 – 17, 2019
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Polly Tapia Ferber

Doumbek, Frame Drum

Percussionist Polly Tapia Ferber is a music educator, performer, and recording artist who specializes in hand percussion from the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, the Balkans, and Spanish Andalucia. She is noted for her melodic style of playing on darabukah, or doumbek, (Middle Eastern goblet drum), frame drum, riqq (Middle Eastern tambourine) and cajon (Spanish wooden box-drum).

She has traveled to Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, Spain, Morocco, and Israel seeking out the finest teachers and performing with some of the world’s most renowned musicians. Polly maintains an active performing and teaching schedule in the U.S., including the EEFC Workshops since 1978. She plays music with New York-based Middle Eastern Jazz group Taksim, Raif Hyseni’s Albanian-American Ensemble, Dolunay NYC, Fetatones, Middle Eastern rock band Rubi Ate the Fig, Latin world music Trova, and the Iberian Spanish ensemble ¡Viva La Pepa!.

Polly lives in Santa Fe, NM, where she is on the faculty at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Program where she teaches percussion, classes in world music, and directs the Balkan/Mideast Ensemble. Her playing is featured in recordings such as Near East Far West, Tulku 2, Inlakesh, ShamanSong, Dezeo, Buddah Bar, Anoush, Mezze, Kulak Misafiri, ¡Viva La Pepa!, and the soon-to-be-released Dolunay.

Her CDs can be purchased at CD Baby and Digstation.

Email: ptferber@gmail.com

Class Description | Beginning Doumbek

  • Beginners are welcome.
  • The Student Concert is optional, and the class will decide whether we perform.
  • Repertoire will focus on position, technique, timing, and rhythms.
  • Repertoire will be taught by ear at a fairly rapid pace with the assistance of sight reading charts.
  • Class will focus on technique.
  • If possible, bring a foot rest (guitar foot rest, wooden block) approximately 3-5″ high.
  • Audio and visual recordings are allowed for learning purposes (no posting on social media without prior consent).

Class Description | Intermediate Doumbek

  • The Student Concert is optional, and the class will decide whether we perform.
  • Repertoire will focus on technique, timing, rhythms, and repertoire.
  • Repertoire will be taught by ear at a fairly rapid pace with the assistance of sight reading charts.
  • Class will focus on technique.
  • If possible, bring a foot rest (guitar foot rest, wooden block) approximately 3-5″ high.
  • Audio and visual recordings are allowed for learning purposes (no posting on social media without prior consent).

 

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Polly with Souren Baronian and Friends at New York’s Golden Festival, 2015

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Dolunay plays at the 2015 Golden Festival

Polly with Raif Hyseni and Merita Halili

Polly with Raif Hyseni and Merita Halili

Polly with ¡Viva La Pepa!

Polly with ¡Viva La Pepa!