Anatolian Singing

by Veka Aler

Feb 19 - Feb 24
11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

$120 $110 before Feb 12


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This course will focus on songs of different styles and regions in Turkey, as well as from neighboring cultures in Azerbaijan, Iran and Kurdistan.   This course is for students who are familiar with the elementary mechanics of singing. Basic knowledge of Anatolian styles and repertoire is a plus. We will focus on details and ornaments that characterize these vocal styles and look at the lyrical meanings. We will also cover the anatomy of the voice, and learn exercises to strengthen and enhance vocal capabilities.   By the end of this course, you will be able to recognize the elements of your voice, identify vocal anatomy, and be able to differentiate between and appreciate the unique characteristics of different vocal styles. The course repertoire will aim to cover the following songs, as pace allows: “Suya Gider Allı Gelin” and  “Bitliste Beş Minare” (Anatolia), “Kadifeden Kesesi” (Turkish from Crimea), “Keçê Gulyên Te Sê Ne,” “Baran Bari,” and “Arıx” (Kurdish), “Evlerinin Önü Yonca” (Turkish from Kirkuk), “Hardasan Yar” (Azeri, Said Rustamov), Ya Mowla” (Persian/Afghan), and “Derdimi Dökersem Derin Dereye” (Aşık Veysel).

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

Class Schedule

Class Schedule: 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.

Feb 1911:00 AM02:00 PM
Feb 2011:00 AM02:00 PM
Feb 2111:00 AM02:00 PM
Feb 2311:00 AM02:00 PM
Feb 2411:00 AM02:00 PM