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Transcending the Darbuka
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Folk Music.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Doholla or Darbuka is a traditional Arab percussion instrument with a specific restricted

secondary role. My project aims to challenge this role and expand the possibilities and

horizons of this instrument by using it as a solo instrument breaking the norms and

expectations ruling the instrument. My research focuses on answering the following

question: can I present this instrument as a solo or main instrument?

I used different methods to experiment with the instrument, including but not limited to,

exploring sounds on parts of the instrument’s body that were not used before to create

new sounds, or switching the classical loop role of the instrument with a new more varied

one. In addition to using techniques that are from different cultures and others that are

specific to other percussion instruments in general.

As a result, I came to find a wide collection of new sounds that can be used in different

contexts, which can be utilized in composing vibrant compositions. I was also able to

compose and perform solo compositions with doholla/ darbuka that are written

specifically to present the instrument’s richness as well as compositions where doholla

had the main changing part while another melodic instrument was providing the

background loop role. And finally I managed to prove that this instrument could exist

successfully outside its traditionally known boundaries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
Darbuka, Doholla, Arab Percussion, Arab Rhythms, Misirli Ahmet, Folk music, percussion, new sounds, new technique, Syria, Sweden
National Category
Music
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-2669OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kmh-2669DiVA, id: diva2:1192054
Presentation
2017-05-28, KMH, 15:00
Supervisors
Examiners
Note

George Oro: Darboka, Doholla

Jiro Kevork: Drums

Liliana Zavala: Conga

Mårten Hillbom: Drums

Composition 6; Composition 9; Dueto; Longa Nahawand; Solo; Trio; ss;Two Darboka

Available from: 2018-03-21 Created: 2018-03-21 Last updated: 2018-03-21Bibliographically approved

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