This course is aimed at applying the Istanbul kemençe to the repertoire of Greek Thrace and Macedonia. We will focus on developing technique, specifically focused on the rhythmic dimensions that characterize these regional styles.
We will develop technique and understanding of this music by practicing a select repertoire. We will study songs from Drama (Macedonia), dances from Thrace in rhythms of 5, 6, 7 and 9/8 (Baiduska, Zonaradikos, Mandilatos, and Syngathistos), songs from the cities around Thessaloniki, and the music of Anastenaria, a fire-walking ritual.
This course is for students who are comfortable on their instruments and thus able to focus on repertoire and the special technique required to perform it.