Type of seminar: Open – Instrument centered
Participant level: Basic to Intermediate
Sight Reading: not necessary
Throughout classes, the pieces studied will cover the various forms of the Afghan repertoire: from classical instrumental compositions, delving into the intricacies of Hindustani raga (melodic modes) and tala (rhythmic modes) ocean, through the ghazal of Kabul and the beauty of classical Persian poetry, to the rich Afghan folk music with its many colours and other types of songs.
Ustad Daud Khan’s teaching follows the traditional way: pieces are learnt by ear, repeating the melodies till they are memorized, internalizing as such the underlying principles of the music. Structures unfold from the practice, while getting familiar with the repertoire, technics and idioms, and are clarified at appropriate times so that students may gain both solid practical and theoretical knowledge of Afghan music.
Based on this knowledge of raga and tala, and the specificities of Afghan music, improvisation and composition become possible and will also be explored during classes.
Scores are not used in this music and reading is not a necessity. Instead, the saregam notation system of the Afghan-Indian music theory is used - as a memory device and not as a base for performance. Nonetheless, students are encouraged to notate the compositions using this system as a useful exercise.
Though part of the classes will be focused on developing one’s rubab playing style with its specific technics (left hand ornaments, right hand rhythmic patterns and decomposing of the melodies using the high-pitch drone “bachegi”, which make the rubab a highly rhythmic instrument) and specific approach to playing the compositions, the seminar is open to other musicians wishing to receive an introduction to Afghan and Hindustani music and repertoire. Over the year, many people with various melodic instruments have successfully enrolled. Quarter tones are not used.
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|Event Date||04-07-2022 6:00 pm|
|Event End Date||09-07-2022 9:00 pm|
|Registration Start Date||09-05-2022 11:55 pm|