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April Centrone is one of the leading classical Arabic percussionists in the U.S. April plays riqq (Arabic tambourine), frame drum, darbekkeh (dumbek), oud and violin, and is also a proficient jazz and rock drummer. April has performed around the city in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and Town Hall; lectured at numerous universities, museums and cultural centers around the country; directed and composed music for plays; and has toured throughout Europe, the U.S. and New Zealand. She has performed with artists such as Marcel Khalife, Najib Shaheen, Eyvind Kang and Samir Chatterjee, and with groups such as Kristjan Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble, the Bassam Saba Ensemble and the New York Arabic Orchestra.
April's passion as a performer arises from her passion for teaching and working with children. For several years, April has been at the forefront of the movement to bring cultural arts education to the city's youths. April, as the Lead Teaching Artist for Musicians For Harmony, designs and teaches "Music of the World, " rooted in the belief that the universal and visceral language of music is the best medium through which to breed cultural understanding. In an attempt to build a program specifically around Arabic music, April co-founded the New York Arabic Orchestra with Bassam Saba in 2007. As recently appointed Executive Director, April is building a program within the NYAO that will encompass visits to local grammar/high schools and colleges, in addition to its current program to educate adult trained musicians. April will accompany Saba on a nationwide educational initiative on the collegiate level for Arabic music in 2010, intending to expand also to the grade school level in the coming years.
Holding an MA in Psychology from John Jay College, Centrone is presently constructing an educational and therapeutic music program for a leading children's psychiatric center. Within the program, April teaches drumset to groups of females, through which they learn coping skills, focus and ways to manage aggression, and acquire the longterm self-esteem and confidence that can only come from acquiring an instrument they love. Following a school career of psychology and experience with other methods, April feels there is no better therapy than that of learning music.
I am interested in many different styles/genres of music. Currently at the forefront of my listening and practice is Arabic music. Secondarily, music from various other areas of the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Italy. Always in my car or radio, I'm listening to my generation of rock music... 90s grunge. :) Nirvana, STP, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. And of course a huge fan of Tool and Led Zeppelin.About Me
I always have rock and jazz in my life (and everything in between, raggae, funk, grunge, R&B etc), overlapping and fusing constantly with my "world" music interests. Many other "world" musicians also listen to and play rock and jazz, as jazz is especially a strong foundation for us. Without a doubt, its rudiments and improvisation techniques accelerated my learning of ancient music forms and their complex rhythmic structures.
Ancient music gave birth to all we know today, yet we still only see it in small pieces, such as sitar in a rock song or a riff of the Hijaz scale behind a rap song. People go wild for it even when they have a taste of it! It is my dream that everyone's lives be enriched by ancient music...by the scales in All their glory - not just in a riff - and it is my belief that everyone would love Arabic music in its full and true presentation. It is everything we know plus what we don't know and wish we did.. the missing piece - the emotion and enrichment and wisdom - that is missing in our culture.
HeroesMy grandmother, Madonna, my musical colleagues, and myself.
- Jan 13, 2009 1:47 PM THE NEW YORK ARABIC ORCHESTRA - January 17th, 2009
- The New York Arabic Orc…
- Bassam Saba
- Mohammed Abdel Wahab
- Marcel Khalife
- Three Designing Women S…
- David Kuckhermann
- Paul Bachmann
- Alekos K. Vretos
- Ziad Rahbany
- Marcelo Woloski
- Blues in Space
- Walid Zairi وليد الزاي…
- Brahim Fribgane
- Daniel Schnyder
- James David Jacobs
- CHIARA CIVELLO
MARK YOUR CALENDERS FOR THE NEW YORK ARABIC ORCHESTRA'S CONCERT FOR HAITI ON FEB 28 AT THE CHURCH OF ST. PAUL AND ST. ANDREW! FOR DIRECTIONS, VIDEOS, AND MORE INFO, VISIT:
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****..SUMMER/FALL 2009 CONCERTS!..****
SATURDAY JUNE 27 @ 2:30PM - .. THE NEW YORK ARABIC ORCHESTRA.. Headliners of the "Plein Air" Festival - Northport Harbor Gazebo, Long Island
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27 @ 6:00PM - .. THE BASSAM SABA ENSEMBLE - CD-RELEASE.. Wong Auditorium, MIT Campus, Boston, MA
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 @ 8:00PM - .. THE NEW YORK ARABIC ORCHESTRA.. Symphony Space sponsored by the World Music Institute
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28 @ 7:00PM - .. THE NEW YORK ARABIC ORCHESTRA-CONCERT FOR HAITI..Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 W 86th St.
AUGUST 23, 2007 @ 7pm - ..BASSAM SABA ENSEMBLE.., Pasadena, CA Levitt Pavilion Pasadena..
AUGUST 25, 2007 @ 8pm - ..Absolute Arabian Nights.., Lincoln Center, NYC Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors - Free Admission!..
OCTOBER 7, 2007 @ 11:00AM - ..Eyvind Kang Orchestra.. - Milano, ITALY @ Teatro Manzoni TEATRO MANZONI EN MILANO
OCTOBER 9, 2007 @ 9:30PM - ..Eyvind Kang Orchestra.. - Barcelona, SPAIN @ Mercat De Les Flors ..Click "Agenda" - MERCAT DE LES FLORS, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 8, 2007 @ 10:00pm - ..BASSAM SABA ENSEMBLE.. - Montreal Festival Du Monde Arabe @ Place D'Arts
DECEMBER 12, 2007 - ..Daniel Schnyder's Musiques Exotiques.. - 15 W. 65 st, NYC
JANUARY 11, 2008 @ 9:30pm - ..*BASSAM SABA ENSEMBLE.. - Sullivan Hall, NYC
JANUARY 26, 2008 @ 9:00pm - ..*NY ARABIC ORCHESTRA.. - Alwan, 16 Beaver St., 4th FL., NYC
FEB 29 - MARCH 8, 2008 - ..THE ABSOLUTE ENSEMBLE with BASSAM SABA and MARCEL KHALIFE.. - NEW ZEALAND
JUNE 30, 2008 @ 8:00pm - ..*NY ARABIC ORCHESTRA.. - Greenwich, CT
OCTOBER 15-17, 2008 - ..Arabic Music 3-day Workshop.., Bucknell University, PA
SATURDAY JANUARY 17 @ 8:00PM - ..THE NEW YORK ARABIC ORCHESTRA..Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 236 W. 86th St., NYC.
SATURDAY JANUARY 31 @ 8:00PM - ..THE NEW YORK ARABIC ORCHESTRA..Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT. Great Lebanese food and drink included!
Other myspaces you will find my playing:
..Bassam Saba Ensemble
..The New York Arabic Orchestra
Paul Bachmann Trio
..Akram Abdul Fattah
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Who I'd like to meet:
- Status: Single
- Here for: Friends
- Hometown: NYC
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 4" / Athletic
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: Musician and Psychologist
Cuny John Jay College Criminal Justice
2006 to 2008
- New York, NY
- Graduated: 2008
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Master's Degree
- Major: Forensic Psychology
Cuny John Jay College Criminal Justice
2005 to 2006
- New York,New York
- Graduated: 2006
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: forensic psychology
Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center
Jan 2008 - Present
- Dix Hills, New York US