“Α taksim is like a journey; it begins with the birth of an idea. Then the exploration follows with all the experiences and challenges the journey brings to the traveller until the end.”
The master-class will be focusing on “Taksim in Ottoman Classical music”.
Born in a musical family in the island of Cyprus, the violinist Michalis Kouloumis developed a strong musical conception and sensitivity from his early years.
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In this seminar, Ross Daly, the artistic director of the Musical Workshop Labyrinth, will analyze and give examples of both simple and compound makams as they are found in the Turkish classical system, primarily through the medium of the characteristic phrase material associated with each of them, whilst simultaneously highlighting their shared common ground as well as the pathways that connect them all to one another.
In this seminar, Kelly Thoma will share with her students the knowledge which she has acquired over the years from Ross Daly as well as from other master musicians of various different traditions who have significantly influenced her musical world.
Kelly Thoma, has been studying the Lyra with Sympathetic strings alongside Ross Daly since 1995. This means that she has worked intensively on the repertoire, the sound quality, as well as the future possibilities of this instrument.
Murat Aydemir, one of Turkey's foremost musicians (Tanbur, Lavta) will teach a seminar focusing on the Makam system of Turkish urban music which will also focus on the compositional forms (from the religious, court and entertainment music) which are frequently encountered in this tradition.
Murat Aydemir is the author of the very popular and highly recommended Makam Guide, a concise and practical study tool used by nearly all students of Turkish Makam.
This Master Class will focus on frame drums and the special style of playing that Zohar Fresco has introduced.
Zohar Fresco is undoubtedly one of the best and most sought after percussionists in the world, and a rising star on the international scene.
The backbone of this Music group’s sessions will be based on singing, either literally, through exercises on the voice, or metaphorically, trying to apply a “singing approach” in playing our instruments. Singing is a primordial capacity for human beings as an African proverb testifies: “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing”. For musicians and especially instrumentalists, singing is many times set aside, as something to be carried out by professional singers. The goal of this seminar is not – of course- to make everybody a professional singer (as this would cause too many complications in the musical society)!
Yurdal Tokcan is universally recognized as the foremost oud player in the world today. His command of the instrument on a technical level puts him in a class entirely of his own, but more importantly, his fluid and highly emotive improvisations (taksims), as well as his profoundly sensitive renderings of the complex and intricate compositions of the Turkish classical tradition reveal him to be a musician of great depth and subtlety.
He is also an excellent composer in his own right as well as a highly innovative arranger. His music reflects the rare and extremely delicate and difficult balance between remaining true to a very rich and strict tradition, and allowing his personal creativity and imagination a free reign without dogmatic constrictions.
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Göksel Baktagir is universally recognized as one of the leading artists of our time with regards to the traditional performance of the Kanun, having explored extensively all of the possibilities and limits of the instrument, which, although originally an instrument of Turkish music, is also capable of extending into other genres such as New Age and Jazz.