Improvisation in the Ottoman tradition is the place where the singer or musician demonstrates their knowledge of the system. This knowledge is based on an abstraction of the system and on the analysis of the repertoire: it is therefore highly formulaic in essence. Nevertheless, the singer or musician has to add to the known or the predictable and improvisation is therefore the place where experimentation can take place and where new rules can be created.
This talk will be devoted to two of the main forms of improvisation, i.e. gazel(vocal non-metered improvisation over a poem) and taksim (instrumental non-metered improvisation). In discussing improvisation, I will refer to my previous talks, as improvisation is the locus where all that has been discussed so far enters into action at the moment of practice.
Faculty: Nicolas Royer-Artuso