This course will focus on the music of Pontos and the Black Sea region (Karadeniz). We will work on phrasing, ornamentation, intervals and improvisation (taksim). We will also look at the rhythmic elements of this music, and the makams (modes) used.
This course is for students who are comfortable on their instruments, able to focus on the stylistic elements and repertoire specific to Pontic music, which is typically performed on the Pontic lyra. We will learn common songs from this repertoire, including “Si Trihas to Gefyr” and “Akritas.” We will also look at melodic phrasing and other characteristics of the Ussak and Hicaz makams.
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.