Netherlands, Utrecht

International Rhythm Course

when 5 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 200

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed to 2021.

The International Rhythm Course is a six-day intensive program to solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore the rich world of rhythmic complexities. The course is led by composer/flutist Ned McGowan (professor of Advanced Rhythm and Pulse, and Composition at the Utrecht Conservatory), the eminent Carnatic violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath and renowned percussionist B.C. Manjunath. Newly this year, melodic instruments, vocalists and also string players are also invited to have daily workshops with Dr. Mysore Manjunath in Carnatic phrasing.

The Carnatic system of rhythm, with its practical approach to complexities, forms the basic method for both a foundation and a deep exploration of rhythm in music. Additional strategies for rhythm from Western perspectives will also be taught. While the course is primarily geared towards learning new rhythmic technique and approaches, participants will be also welcome to workshop their own music with the teachers.

Further, we will introduce different classes focusing on basic and advanced topics, available for everyone. Participants from last year’s IRC or other rhythm workshops will be given new material for further advancement.

Throughout the week there will be a mixture of lectures, classes, workshops, and rehearsals with an opening concert on the first evening. Theory will be given and a deep understanding of the material in practice will be emphasized. One main goal of the course will be the learning, explanation and analysis of several of B.C. Manjunath’s solo compositions (see below).

For more information write to Ned McGowan: ned.mcgowan@hku.nl

Additional subjects to be covered and developed:

- a melodic approach to rhythm; the mechanisms of a solid inner pulse
- the theory of Tala notational practices
- the neuroscience of time in the mind and body
- listening and analysis
- the standardization of rhythmic vocabulary
- the latest in rhythm tech

Course leader

Ned McGowan

Target group

The Course is designed for professionals, college-level students, and experienced amateurs. Performers of all instruments and composers are welcome regardless of style (i.e. Classical, improvised or non-Western musics). Existing ensembles and bands are welcome to apply as a group. If there are any doubts about qualifications, just write for more information.

Course aim

Solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore the rich world of rhythmic complexities in order to be applied to your own music.

Fee info

EUR 200: Course + course materials: There is a discount available of € 150 for students (Bachelors/Masters level).
EUR 200: Housing fee (optional)

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