This course will focus on the music of Pontos and the Black Sea region (Karadeniz). We will work on phrasing, ornamentation, and other technique. We will also look at the rhythmic elements of this music and the makams used.
We will work on pieces from the classic repertoire of Pontos, including songs typically played on wind instruments (zurna, bagpipe, flute). We will discuss rhythms in 5/8, 7/8 and 9/8 through phrasing, inner rhythmic patterns, improvisation and more.
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. Students who attended the previous course are encouraged to join, as we will not repeat course contents.