“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.
In this seminar Efren Lopez will work on the creation of new compositions together with the students as well as performing with them already existing works of particular interest. He will also guide them through the intricate process of combining instruments which perhaps have never before played together into a harmonious ensemble.
Efren Lopez is one of today's most innovative and creative artists working in the field of Modal Music.
Zaharya Hanende (also known as Zacharias Hanendes or Mir Cemil) was one of the most significant Rum (Greek Orthodox Ottoman citizen) Composers of the Lale Devri (Tulip era) age of Ottoman music... In this seminar Zaharya's compositions will be performed and analyzed in addition with other Greek composers of that time.
Muhittin Kemal Temel, born in Karlsruhe, Germany, first came across music at the age of 5. In collaboration with famous composers Muhittin Kemal Temal, has been able to span musical bridges between different cultures.
For this year's seminar for the Saz we will have two teachers from very different backgrounds who have both spent most of their life studying this instrument each in his own special way. They will share their very different but highly compatible approaches to the Saz with their students highlighting both the Turkish as well as the rapidly developing Greek repertoire for this instrument.