Rubab Workshop – One day
Our 2022 rubâb workshop is now open for registration! Sign up today for a specialist in-depth course with one of the UK's finest proponents of the Afghan Rubâb.
When: Mon 4th, Weds 6th, Thurs 7th and Fri 8th July, 18:30-21:00 BST
Where: Room R201 in SOAS Main Building
Level: Intermediate & Expert; attendees should bring their own instrument
The rubâb is Afghanistan's national instrument, and is often called “the lion of instruments”. The characteristic sound of this plucked, two-chambered lute can be attributed to its construction, consisting of a single block of mulberry tree wood and affixed with goat skin; the sympathetic strings, tuned to the notes of a given mode, give the rubâb its special tone. Earlier iterations of this instrument were used widely throughout the Persianate world in both court and Sufi contexts, including in Afghanistan, Iran, India, Kashmir, and Xinjiang. The instrument is also the ancestor of the modern-day Indian sarod.
With Dr William Rees Hofmann (and Professor Emeritus Dr John Baily)
Rubab Summer 22
Dr William Rees Hofmann (and Dr John Baily)