KARiM NAGi
MUSICIAN . FOLK DANCER . DJ . ORATOR

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Karim Nagi Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian immigrant to the USA, and a true crossover artist uniting the Arab tradition with the global contemporary world. He has released fourteen CDs, ranging from traditional Arab music to fusion and electronica. He has authored instructional videos for Arab percussive instruments and Arab dance styles. As a dance and drum teacher, Nagi has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as most major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. He is also a public speaker with a TEDx talk.

He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, Berea, William & Mary, Georgetown, plus Bunker Hill & Attleboro Community Colleges. He has lectured internationally on Arts & Diversity at Kaoushiung (Taiwan) University, Beijing University, and University San Francisco de Quito Ecuador. Additionally, Karim Nagi's Arabiqa program has conducted over 400 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts.

His most recent project "Detour Guide" incorporates English language storytelling with Arab music & rhythm, along with graphic & video art, to describe the experience of Arabs life & culture. Over the past 4 years Nagi has been the beneficiary of two Doris Duke Grant for the Islamic Arts through the Virginia Tech "Salaam" project and Young Audiences of New Jersey "United We Create". He has also just been re-elected for a second term to the board of directors for Chamber Music America. In September he gave a TEDx Talk "The Tambourine, My Partner is Diplomacy & Disruption" which can be seen on the official TED website.

EXPERTISE
Arab Hand Percussion, Music Ensemble Performance, Arab Folk Dance,
Arab Performing Arts and Culture, General Public Lectures & Discussions.
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LECTURES & WORKSHOPS (abreviated)
Georgetown University Center for Arab Culture, Arab Music and Culture
Harvard University Music Department, Arabic Music and Culture
Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Connecticut College Multicultural Program, Arabic Music and Culture
Bowdoin College Community Hour, Arabic Music and Culture
Middlebury College Language Institute, Arabic Music and Culture
Boston Conservatory World Festival, Arabic Music and Dance
Bunker Hill Comm. College, Multicultural Program, Arabic Music and Culture
Berkshire Community College International Week, Arabic Music and Dance
Bristol Community College Community Day, Arabic Music and Culture
White Mountain School History Program, Arabic Music and Culture
Brimmer and May School Youth Program, Arabic Music and Culture
Grey Junior High School double assembly, Arabic Music and Dance
Club Passim Kids Education Project, Arabic Music and Dance
Cunnigham Middle School International Festival, Arabic Music and Dance
Cambridge Ringe and Latin School, Arabic Music and Culture
Concord Academy all school assembly, Arabic Music and Culture
Fayerweather School, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Wellington School, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Lowell Folk Festival, Arabic Music and Culture
Boston University Music Dept., Arabic Music and Culture
Alaska Forum for the Humanities, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Philips Exeter Academy, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Westchester NY Council for the Arts, Arabic Music and Culture
Dana Hall School, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Buckingham Browne and Nichols Lower School, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Massachusettes Institute of Technology, Arabic Music and Culture
William and Mary College VA, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Arab American National Museum Diwan Conference, Arab Music in America
South West & Texas Popular& American Culture Conference, NM, Arab Music in America
Barry University, Miami FL, Arab Culture : Overview of the Misunderstood
Yale University, PIER teacher-training program, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture
Princeton University, New Jersey, Arabic Music, Dance and Culture

RESIDENCIES and SCHOOL TOURS
Alaska Forum for the Humanities, tour of 7 Lower Schools in Anchorage, 11/2003
Creative Arts & Sciences Commitee, tour of 7 Middle Schools in Newton MA, 10/2004 and 11/2007
Class Acts, annual tours in DC, Maryland and Virginia, 2005 till present
Young Audiences of Connecticut tour of 11 Lower Schools in West New Haven CT, 11/2006
Young Audiences of North East Ohio annual tours 2009 till present

TEACHING WORK
Faculty, New England Conservatory of Music: School of Contemporary Improvisation.
Faculty, New England Conservatory of Music: School of Continuing Education.
Faculty, Arabic Percussion, Middle East Camp, Mendocino Ca.
Arabic Music Retreat with Simon Shaheen, Mt. Holyoke, Ma.
NEC Intercultural Institute Intensive Residencies in World Music
Private Instructor, Arabic Percussion and Performance1996-present
Six week drum workshop, Armenian Cultural Center, Watertown.
Clup Passim School of Music, 2 week intensive on Arabic percussion, Cambridge, MA.
Arabic Music and Dance residency, William and Mary College VA,

EVENT PRODUCTION and COMMUNITY WORK
Arabesque Mondays Monthly Arabic Concert at Club Passim, Cambridge (53 events)
Pan-Eastern Showcase Concert (Arab, Turk, India, China and Iran, Regnt Theatre
Concert at Longy for Rima Khsheish, Vocal Director or Beirut Conservatory
Concert at Regant Theatre for Yousseff Kassab and the Sharq Arabic Ensemble
Mass. High School program to educate youth on Arabic Music and Culture
Zaitoun Dabka Open Session and Outreach coordination.
Arab Dance Seminar, Organizer and Teacher, New Haven CT. (5 biannual sessions)

PERFORMANCES HIGHLIGHTS (abbreviated)
Sanders Theater, Harvard University
Tainan University, Taiwan
National Theater, Verazdin Croatia
Theatre de la Ville, Paris France
Smithsonian Museum, DC
MIT, Kresge Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
National Gallery of Art, Wash. DC
Berklee Center for the Performing Arts
Brooklyn Art Museum,
Boston Center for the Arts
Tufts University, Fletcher School of Diplomacy
Paine Hall, Harvard University
Royce Hall, UCLA
Mandel Hall, Univ. of Chicago
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory
Boston Camerata Mediterranea 2002 American tour
French Cultural Alliance, New York City
Egyptian Cultural Bureau, Washington DC
Freer Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC
Arab America National Museum, Deerborn MI
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD
The Kennedy Center Millenium Theatre, Washington DC
Sakiat El-Sawi Concert Hall, Cairo Egypt
American University Oriental Hall, Cairo Egypt
Townhouse Rawbert Hall, Cairo Egypt
Al Qahira Al Youm, Orbit TV, Cairo Egypt
Beit Beitak, Egyptian National Television
Nile TV, Egyptian National Television
Jesuite College, Cairo Egypt

PRIVATE STUDY
Dr. Alfred Gamil (Cairo Conservatory of Music), Theory and Performance
Mohammed Al-Araby (Cairo Conservatory), Tambourine Performance
Michel Boklouk Merhedj (Fairuz Ensemble, Beirut), Arabic Rythmn
Lena Haramy (Serreyyet Rammallah Dance Troup), Dabka Line Dance
Hassan Harfouch (Karakalla Beirut Dance Theatre), Dabka Line Dance
Christopher Stowens (Governor Dummer Academy), Music Theory

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Liberal Arts from SKIDMORE College 1993
High School Diploma from Gov. Dummer Academy 1989
Five year participant in the Simon Shaheen Arabic Music Retreat

REFFERENCES
Barbara Petzen, former Harvard CMES Outreach Coordinator / bpetzen@gmail.com
Cheryl Nelson, Newton Public Schools Community Coordinator / Cheryl_Nelson@newton.mec.edu

Recommendation from Virginia Danielson, Harvard University