Istanbul Kemençe

with Chrysanthi Gkika

  • Greek, Turkish
  • Kemençe
  • English

Description

This course will focus on the kemençe in Ottoman classical music, as well as Turkish and Greek folk styles. We will examine some select makams, including Ussak, Huseyni, Kurdi and Nikriz, and select repertoire that derives from these. Through the repertoire, we will examine the theory of each makam, basic ornaments characteristic of the style, and improvisation (taksim). The Greek folk repertoire will acquaint us with a more rhythmical playing style. 

For advanced kemençe students, this course will help clarify any questions or difficulties that have arisen during their training. This course will also be useful for self-taught kemençe players, as well as for players that are used to a different kind of kemençe – Cretan lyra, Bulgarian gudulka, or Pontic lyra, for example – and want to explore the style of the Istanbul kemençe.

TIME CHANGES: This course's schedule includes a transition to/from Daylight Saving Time (aka Summer Time), which may mean that the class times will vary for you. Please check the schedule carefully, so you don't miss anything.

This course includes

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

Student requirements

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

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
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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