The notion of “trans-modality” deals with the understanding of makams as they take shape and develop through each other, and not necessarily as they appear in the radif. Makams are heavily interwoven and understanding one requires a thorough study of those standing “before and after” them. In this course we will apply this method of learning, i.e. trans-modality, to analyze dastgāh-e šur. Through this, not only will we learn those makams commonly known to be within dastgāh-e šur, but will expand to makams such as navâ, zâbol, and segâh that are categorized as separate dastgāhs. We will learn examine how these are related to one another.
During this course, students are expected to learn and play several compositions that draw from the makams we are studying, so all students should be comfortable on their instruments. We will then examine those compositions part by part, and discuss how modulations are made possible within a piece. These will include Davami's vocal radif, Mirza Abdollah's instrumental radif (narrated by Boroumand and transcribed by Talaei), Karimi's vocal radif, and Saba's radif.
Instructor Araz Salek will be playing tar during the course, and will provide feedback to other tar players. However, musicians playing any instrument capable of performing the microtones are welcome to join.