We will joyfully and intensively work on performance, individual expression, timing and stylistics. Special topic this year: extreme ornamentation. Room for masterclass situations.
Faculty: Christian Dawid
(The Basics, for Singers & Instrumentalists)
What is the ”four minor chord in the E freygish mode”? What to do if you’re in a group with three melody instruments? It’s time to cut to the chase and get down to business. In this class, you will learn the essentials of how klezmer theory works. Learn how to accompany and harmonize melodies, understand how chords work, find inner voices, counter-lines, etc., starting at a really basic level. A great class for singers who don’t know how to communicate with the instrumentalists, classical musicians who only read written music, or don’t know how to think about harmonies and chord notes, people who play by ear but don’t know the theory of what they are doing…. for most of us.
Faculty: Ilya Shneyveys
Level: All Levels
The Ottoman makam is deeply rooted in theory. In practice, however, theory structures experimentation and experimentation changes theory, dialectically. This ensemble class will focus on the main elements of makam in the Ottoman tradition, putting theory into practice. We will use songs, exercises, composition, and improvisation to focus on the basics of makam and see the links and changes with/in the pre-ottoman tradition(s) and with/in the post-republican era. Open to singers and instrumentalists. Recommended for all interested in Khazones!
Faculty: Nicolas Royer-Artuso
Level: Intermediate to Advanced