This course will be an introduction to the mainland laouto as both accompanying and solo instrument while inviting all melodic instruments to explore the rich musical tradition of Epirus in northwestern Greece. During this course, we will cover repertoire, ornamentation and embellishments, maqams, and improvisational ideas/tools.
We will focus on specific pieces and song styles from Epirus such as “Skaros” (shepherd's song), “Moiroloi” (lament music of Epirus), “Gkekas” and “Potamia.” The phrasing ideas and ornamentation that will be applied to these well known pieces of Epirotic music can also be used in various other repertoires from the same region and Central Greece. We are also going to cover the most important maqam families that are the basis of the above pieces as well as improvisational tools deriving from Greek traditional music that can be used within or outside of this genre.
This course is for students comfortable on the laouto or other melodic instruments, able to play scales and some pieces. By the end of this course, you will have a broader understanding of the music of Epirus and other mainland styles, be able to perform a few instrumental compositions using the characteristic ornamentation that will be studied in the course and explore tools that can be useful in improvisation in any music platform.