'Advanced Rhythm' is intended for students from both classical and jazz departments, and structured for performers and composers.
The expansion of rhythmical possibilities has been one of the cornerstones of musical developments in the last hundred years, whether through western development or through the borrowing from non-western traditions. Most classical musicians, whether in orchestral or ensemble situations, will have to face a piece by Ligeti, Messiaen, Varèse or Xenakis, to mention just a few well-known composers. Improvisers face music influenced by Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Aka Moon, Weather Report, Irakere. Or elements from the Balkans, India, Africa or Cuba. Read more
This approach within the programme revolves around rhythmical devices/complexities and microtonal concepts (the latter are optional) derived from the theory of classical South Indian (Karnatic) music, in order to use them within a western contemporary context. The final goal for the student is to achieve a higher degree of understanding of these concepts and their subsequent utilisation in today's music. The aim is never to merely copy the Karnatic tradition. Read more