Meira Asher

Meira Asher
Singer, Film director
Column : Music, Cinema/tv

About
Interdisciplinary societal artist Meira Asher, was born in Israel and is living in the Netherlands.
Studied Tabla and Dhrupad in Varanasi-India, and traditional drumming, voice and dance of the Ga, Eve and Dagomba people of Ghana, both of which she later taught and performed.
BFA in percussion and multidisciplinary arts at California Institute of the Arts (1990). Master in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague (2002).
Art projects Dissected (album and performance 1997), Spears into Hooks (album and performance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 1999), Infantry (album and performance with Guy Harries, on child manipulation and child soldiers 2001), and Face_WSLOT (album, book, art installation, and documentary film on female ex-child combatants in Sierra Leone 2004) toured and published throughout the world. Co-founder (2001) of the bodylab art foundation in The Hague.

Additional info:
www.meiraasher.net
www.bodylab.org




Studies
1971-77
Piano and ear training, Har Nevo conservatory, Tel Aviv

1980
Photography, Camera Obskura Inst., Tel Aviv

1985-86
Tabla with Pandit Badri Maharaj & Dhrupad singing with Dr. Ritwik Sanyal, Varanasi, India

1987-88
Latin & Orchestral Percussion, Rubin Academy, Jerusalem
Music therapy course with Dr. Noa Blass, Tel Aviv

1989-90
BFA Percussion & Interdisciplinary arts, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
Summer course in Tabla & Dhrupad singing, Ali Akbar College of Music, San Francisco

1993
Traditional drumming, dance & voice of the Eve, Ga and Dagomba tribes with various masters in Akra, Anyako & Tamale, Ghana

2000
Sonology course, Koninklijk conservatory, The Hague

2001-2002
Mmus Sonology, Koninklijk conservatory, The Hague




Teaching
1987
Music sessions with Autistic youth, Eitanim Institute, Jerusalem

1987-88
Music sessions with 8-10 yrs old, Broshim special education school, Jerusalem
Pre-music annual workshops for the tender age, own studio, Jerusalem

1991-98
Lecture-demos of North Indian and Ghanaian music, various universities, academies and institutes throughout Israel

Short and annual workshops for Eve music and dance, Suzan Dalal Center, Bikurei Haitim center and many more, Israel

Educational concerts and workshops via Jeunesses Musicales, Omanut La'am and various promoters in numerous Schools, Community and cultural centres, Israel.

1992
1 year cross-cultural instrumental course, 1 semester traditional voice techniques course, Rimon school of Jazz and Contemporary music, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

1993
'Musical Visit to West Africa' Broadcast University Series for the IDF Radio, Israel.

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