Master classes

Discovering an artist and being introduced to his knowledge.


The path leading to the discovery of the world’s great traditions, their singing, dances and music, reveals the diversity and richness of human imagination.

Behind the passing on of this body of knowledge, there are men and women with their own personality who develop a unique approach to their art.

They are the keepers of a knowledge which traditional societies quite often consider to be revealed. These workshops and interviews make it possible to taste a true initiation into choreography, singing or music playing, which could appear to be somewhat inaccessible or complex, but also to share the vision and sensitivity of an artist who learned his art orally and tackles teaching with a different view. Through an introduction to overtone singing or Persian singing, and the discovery of the Mevlevi philosophy (by making a ney, which is the Dervish pan flute, by hand), a new approach to art and techniques will be shown.

Tariff: 40€ for 3 sessions of around 2hrs – Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m..

Capacity limited to 20 people.

Reservation by telephone from Monday to Friday (01 56 61 71 72) and on site at the ticket office of the Musée du quai Branly.

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Okna Tsahan Zam - photo : Kamrouz

Programme 2007-2008

From the 12th to the 14th of October 2007 - Mongolian Overtone Singing, by Okna Tsahan Zam (Kalmykia)

Well known by the spectators who saw him at the Théâtre de la Ville when he came to Paris for the first time in 1998, Okna sahan Zam, of Kalmykian origin, first heard throat singing at the age of 30, and it troubled him: he thought he was hearing the song of his ancestors. He made the journey to Oulan Bator and came back to Kalmykia to make these forgotten songs more popular with his uncommon voice and unique presence. Overtone singing is a reflection and an echo of nature, an homage to the animals, springs and streams, the winds of the steppes, the mountain rocks and the rustling of the leaves. A xoomiich (Mongolian overtone singer) alone can simultaneously produce a vocal humming and a melody of harmonics.

This teaching session by the xöömij will enable everyone to get to know this magnificent vocal technique a little.

Concert-workshop in relation with the Musiques des Steppes show, showing at the Théâtre de la Ville on October 13th 2007.

From January 25th to 27th 2008 – A world of sounds, by Abaji (Lebanon)

From March 14th to 16th 2008 – Persian singing, by Mahsa Vahdat (Iran)


From June 13th to 15th 2008 - Soufie ney flute, by Hanefi Kirgiz (Turkey)

In collaboration with the CPFI (Heritage Centre for the Craftsmanship of Musical Instruments) in Le Mans, with the cooperation of B. Pulelaouen, craftsman and restoration specialist of instruments and teacher of ethnomusicology at the University of Marburg (Germany).