This course will focus on the mainland laouto as both accompanying and solo instrument, while also inviting all melodic instruments to explore the rich musical tradition of Epirus and various other regions within mainland Greece. During this course, we will cover repertoire, ornamentation and embellishments, maqams, and improvisational ideas/tools that can be used either in this musical style or in platforms outside of it.
We will continue the work of the two previous courses on specific pieces such as “Skaros” (shepherd's song) and “Moiroloi” (lament music of Epirus) and we will learn four new pieces from different parts of Greece, including “Selfos”, “Heimariotiko”, “Syrto Politiko” and “Agiothodoritiko Kagkeli.” The phrasing ideas and ornamentation that will be applied to these specific pieces can also be used in various other repertoires from Epirus, Central Greece or Peloponnese. We will also 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.