MERI VARDANYAN

PURPOSE

  • Initiation and improvement of Qanun practice.
  • Discovery and/or deepening of traditional Armenian music knowledge.
  • Learning songs, dance tunes and popular rhythms.

GENERAL CONTENT

Depending on the level of participants:

  •  Learning pieces originating from the traditional Armenian repertoire (Komitas…)
  • Work on different playing techniques: ornamentations, articulations, etc.…
  • Listening and analysis of sound excerpts illustrating the role of orality and writing in traditional Armenian music
  • Comparative work between the different schools (Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, Greek….)
  • Learning of songs and accompaniments.
  • The art of improvisation (depending on level)
  • History of the Armenian music; presentation of different instruments.
  • Theory: Presentation of Armenian modes and their equivalents.

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

  • Training mainly open to Qanun players. Come with your instrument: all types of Qanun (Armenian, Turkish, Arabic and Greek).
  • Possibility to welcome singers and musicians from all backgrounds wishing to train in Armenian music, playing traditional Armenian instruments, within the limit of places available.
  • Adults.
  • Minimum basic reading is required and have a developed ear.

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