Rhythm is one of the elements that clearly differentiate music of before and after the beginning of the 20th century. Additionally, the expansion of rhythmical possibilities has been one of the cornerstones of the last hundred years, whether through western development or through the borrowing from non-western traditions. In orchestral or ensemble situations most students at one point or another in their careers will have to face a piece by Berio, Ligeti, Messiaen, Varèse, Carter or Xenakis, just to mention a few well-known composers. It has become clear that this music asks for a radically new approach to training rhythm, demanding that the musician have the tools to perform it with accuracy and feeling.
This course supplies the training that fits the demands made by 20th and 21st century music. The twelve-week course teaches musicians how to perform polyrhythms, how to play phrases in quintuplets and septuplets with complete accuracy and feeling, and very importantly, how to create a better sense of pulse in the musician. To achieve these ends, the usage of the so-called solkattu (South-Indian set of rhythmical syllables) plays a very important role in order to memorize and feel rhythmic patterns and phrases. This system has enabled a wide number of Indian and western musicians to greatly improve their rhythmical abilities.
This programme, directed at performers of all instruments, is organized in an ensemble situation and is exclusively practical. No complex theories or concepts, only practical exercises are given in order to acquire a greater degree of accuracy without losing the sense of feeling and emotion.
|term||September-December 2018 or January-April 2019. Please state your preference with your registration|
|assessment||A short practical exam. Missing no more than 2 lessons will be allowed.|