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Efren 20Type of seminar: Open - Music Group (composition, group arrangements and improvisation in modal music)

Participant level: Intermediate

Reading sheets:  Basic notions of solfege and reading sheets are necessary

For more than fifteen years, Efrén López has been offering this kind of seminars in several music centers in Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Cyprus, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Portugal.

The goal of these workshops is the experimentation within the field of the so-called “modal music”, which bases its structure on certain modes, rules and aesthetics of very specific and well-defined movements and ornamentation. With these premises, we analyze pieces belonging to the traditions that use these systems: Greek, Turkish, Iranian, Arabic, Azeri, Armenian, Kurdish, Indian, Afghan music… both in their melodic and rhythmic aspects.

After the analysis of all this material we can create our own compositions, arrangements and improvisations, exploring the intervals, rhythmic patterns and other elements characteristic to those traditions.

The basic elements we work with are the following:

-Introduction to Turkish makam, closely related to Arabic maqam, and Persian dastgah, analyzing some of their modes.

-Introduction to raga, a modal system used mainly in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

-Rhythmology: notions of the Ottoman rhythmic patterns usüller, Arabic iqaat, and aksak or odd time signatures of the Balkans, Turkey and Greece (5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 10/8, 11/16, 13/16, 15/16…).

-Introduction to the Indian rhythmic concept, tala.

To participate in this workshop it is recommended, although not essential, to have basic notions of music theory. You can attend it with any rhythmic or melodic instrument, including the voice. With enough time, we will send the registered students the material on which we will work, so that you can previously practice and explore it individually


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Morning - 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00
Evening 18:00-20:30 18:00-20:30 18:00-20:30 18:00-20:30 18:00-20:30 18:00-20:30

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Event Date 20-06-2022 7:00 pm
Event End Date 25-06-2022 9:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-05-2022 11:55 pm
Individual Price 230€
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