Last semester, I enjoyed seeing singers and percussionists refine their skills. Their musical dexterity is astounding to observe, and most apparent in the instrumental class, which included an accordionist, a violinist, a cellist, a bouzouki player, and several percussionists. These instrumentalists syndicate their tunes into an amazing mixture of melodies, rhythms, and compositions. What surprised me at Monday night rehearsals was that even though each instrument had a completely different sound, they all mixed so naturally that I could only hear and appreciate the compositions as a whole. On one of those nights, after class, I had a chance to sit down with Fragkiskos Koufogiannis, a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at Penn School of Engineering, who told me about his involvement in the class.
F: Wait, so are you in the class?
M: How do you think Al-Bustan presents itself to the public, how does it market itself?
Fragkiskos's view of the music ensemble reflects many of the other participants' appreciation of the class. I invite you to check out our current classes by following this link... and join us!
Class of 2015 - College of Liberal and Professional Arts
University of Pennsylvania