Born in Australia, Kylie discovered the kanun shortly after discovering the Renaissance festival, in California in the 90s. Since then she has worked and played her way across the country with stops in Texas, Colorado and North Carolina, and currently resides in the Washington DC area, where she plays in the groups such as Saltanah Arabic Ensemble and the Fez Tones, and sings in six languages.
Kylie learned kanun from American, Persian, Turkish and Arabic musicians, including Mimi Spencer, Soheila Narriman, Ergun Tamer, Halil Karaduman and Jamal Sinno. She is also grateful for the learning and enrichment of many other musicians and teachers along the way, notably Lebanese percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Chakib Hilali. Kylie loves learning and sharing the music of the Middle East, and her main joy is playing music with her friends, old and new.

Classes with Kylie

Friday 10:15 – 11:15
Middle Eastern Songs 1
Gain cultural insights as you learn to sing some folk, dance and classic songs. We will cover the lyrics, pronunciation and meaning of the words, along with their maqam, melody and rhythm. Folk songs are for regular folk – no previous singing experience is needed for this class. Songs will be drawn from the Middle and Near East, North Africa and Balkans, with an emphasis on Arabic songs. Musicians may also bring their instruments to accompany the songs as we learn them.
Friday 11:15 – 12:15
Everybody Join In Jam Session 1
Kylie will facilitate a jam session for everyone (melody musicians, drummers and singers) where we play familiar songs, drawing from hafla standards and songs taught at Tribalcon during current and previous years. While we will not teach any songs in depth, participants will pick up tips on ensemble playing and arrangement, learn trivia about the songs we play, and get to practice skills vital to playing in a Near Eastern ensemble – listening and following! Participants will have the opportunity to request or lead a song, if they wish. Non-musicians are also welcome to come and listen.
Saturday 3:45 – 4:45
Middle Eastern Songs 1
(Same description as above)
Saturday 4:45 – 5:45
Everybody Join In Jam Session 2
(Same description as above)