Violin in the Eastern Mediterranean (Michalis Kouloumis)

Teacher: Michalis Kouloumis

 Highly-acclaimed violinist Michalis Kouloumis will lead an open seminar focusing on the Modal Music of the Eastern Mediterranean with regards to the multi-faceted Art of the Violin.

 Michalis will shed light on the performance of traditional music from Cyprus, Asia Minor, Thrace, Aegean Sea (Cyclades, Dodecanese Islands, Lesvos) as well as from the classical music of Constantinople (Ottoman classical music).

 Characteristics and Techniques of the violin playing will be studied through hand-picked songs and instrumental pieces from the above repertoire:

–          Bow techniques

–          Phrasing development

–          Rhythm – Groove

–          Rhythmic beats (5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 9/4, 10/8, 11/8)

–          Ornaments (embellishments, motifs)

–          Basic maqams

–          Score Interpretation – Playing with variations

–          Intervals, microtones

–          Various tunings

–          Playing with Ison (drone)

–          Modal Improvisation (rhythmical and taksim)

Entry requirements:

–        A basic level of sight reading is needed for the seminar.

–       Participants with bowed instruments such as Cretan lyra, Kemençe, Yaylitanbur and Cello are welcome as well 

Dates and Timetable : 10 – 15 April 2018

– Tuesday : 17:00 – 20:00

– Wednesday – Saturday : 10:00 – 13:00 & 17:00 – 20:00

– Sunday : 10:00 – 13:00