This course will focus on the Persian vocal tradition, specifically from the Qajar era. We will concentrate on vocal technique and the radif, the collection of modes preserved by oral tradition.
In this course, we will focus specifically on the Bayat-e Esfahan mode. We will practice gushehs (smaller units of notes that define a dastgah) as well as tasnif (a type of vocal composition in classical Persian music), to develop both techniques and understanding of the melodic structures of this tradition. Repertoire will include radif and tasnifs as interpreted by Master Abdullah Davami and Master Mohammad Reza Shajarian.
Students should be comfortable with singing and the capabilities of their voice, and ideally have some familiarity with Persian vocal music.