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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 a decade, Efrén López has been promoting this kind of musical encounter in Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, and Portugal.

The goal of these workshops is the experimentation within the field of the so-called "Modal music", which makes limited use of harmony, and bases its structure on certain very specific and defined scales, rules, aesthetics, modulations and ornamentation.

With this premise, we analyze pieces belonging to several traditions that use those modal systems:
Greek, Turkish, Iranian, Arabic, Azeri, Indian, Afghan music... Both in their melodic/intervallic and rhythmic dimension.

Departing from the analysis of all this material we can create our own compositions, arrangements, and improvisations, using particular intervals, odd rhythm patterns and other elements relatively uncommon in the traditions of Western Europe.

The basic elements that we work on are the following:

  • Introduction to Turkish Makam, closely related to the Arabic Maqam, the Persian Dastgah and
    the Byzantine Ihoi, analyzing some of their principal modes.
  • Introduction to the Raga, a modal system used mainly in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
  • Rhythmology: notions of Usül, the Ottoman rhythmic system, and odd time signatures of the Balkans, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Armenia, and the Arab world.
  • Introduction to the concepts of the Indian rhythm system, the Tala.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning - - - - - - 10:00-13:00
Evening - 17:00-22:00 17:00-22:00 17:00-22:00 17:00-22:00 17:00-22:00 Concert-21:00*  

*Πρόγραμμα Συναυλιών "Μουσικά βήματα στο Λαβύρινθο"

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Event Properties

Event Date 10-03-2020 5:00 pm
Event End Date 15-03-2020 1:00 pm
Individual Price 230€
Location Cultural Conference Center of Heraklion
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