master classes 2009-2010

The master classes are introductory workshops to an instrumental, vocal, or choreographic practice that take place over one weekend.

The invited artists offer three small group working sessions open to beginners, to become familiar with non-western instruments, dances, and music through practice.

Better than a lesson, these master classes provide the opportunity for a true encounter with artists, their cultures, and their world.

70 € fee for three sessions (2 hours each)

Reservations at +33 (0)1 56 61 71 72 (from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm) and at the Museum ticket desks

master class in Persian song with Ashkan Kamangari


Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2009

Persian music is expressed through the radif musical system, a melodic and modal classification which provides a structure but which also leaves room for improvisation.

The singer attempts to extract the music's emotion from the freedom that is subject to the rules that govern major and minor.

Isabelle et Alfredo Palacios. D.R.
Isabelle et Alfredo Palacios. D.R.

dance master class with Isabelle and Alfredo Palacios


Friday February 12th at 6:30 pm, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February at 10:30 am

In parallel with the music salon, Isabelle and Alfredo Palacios, a couple whose own story is closely linked to tango, offer an introduction to this dance of improvisation. These renowned virtuosos, from families of artists and tango dancers from Buenos Aires and Cordoba, perform all over the world and regularly liven up the famous Bistrot Latin evenings in Paris.

Antoine Bourgeau © Tara
Antoine Bourgeau © Tara

master class in tabla with Antoine Bourgeau


Friday April 16th at 6:30 pm, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April at 10:30 am.

This master class, led by Antoine Bourgeau, an ethnomusicologist, is designed as an introduction to the tabla, an instrument he learnt to play alongside Shri Hanuman in Benares. Using the traditional method of oral teaching and the enunciation of the rhythmic onomatopoeias, the sessions are devoted to learning the main beats (bol) on the two tabla drums (dayan and bayan) and a few compositions (qaida, theka, tukra…) which form part of Hindustani music.