Five-Note Modes of Greek Vocal Music

with Avgerini Gatsi

  • Greek
  • Voice
  • English

Description

This course will focus on traditional Greek songs based on pentatonic and other five-note modes, both rhythmic and unmetered. It will familiarize students with the use of microtones in modes from around Greece. We will examine odd meters, such as 5/4 and 7/8, along with simple meters like 4/4 and 8/8.

We will practice improvisation by using our voice to mimic the role of familiar solo instruments of this tradition such as the clarinet or the violin. We will also work on voice strengthening and breathing exercises.

This course is for students who are comfortable as vocalists, and have at least a basic familiarity with Greek vocal music. The repertoire for this course will focus on songs from Epirus, Pindos, the Dodecanese and other parts of Greece:

“Feggarorposopi” (Zagori) - “Φεγγαροπρόσωπη” (Ζαγόρι)
“Miroloi” - “Μοιρολόι”
“Skaros” - “Σκάρος”
“Nistaxan ta matakia mou” (Konitsa) - “Νυσταξαν τα ματάκια μου” (Κόνιτσα)
“Xenitemeno mou pouli” (Epirus) - “Ξενητεμένο μου πουλί” (Ήπειρος)
“Arnasai pos me filises” (Crete) - “Αρνάσαι πως με φίλησες” (Κρήτη)
“Panagiotis” (Kalimnos) - “Παναγιώτης” (Κάλυμνος)

This course includes

  • 12 Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access to Video Recordings
  • Certificate of Completion

Student requirements

  • Instrumental technique: any level
  • Western theory: basic
  • Modal music theory: any level
  • Sight reading: any level
  • Transposition: any level
  • Learning by ear: basic
  • Composition: any level
  • Improvisation: basic

Day Date Start Finish
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm

In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.


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