SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Elements of Rhythm

Vasilis Sarikis

Date: 4 July 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 8 July 2016Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Summer School

Course Dates: 4-8 July, Mon-Fri 6-8pm
Course Fee: £95 (concs £75) -> book online

This workshop is for anyone interested in understanding essential concepts and devices of rhythm found in musical styles from around the world. Improve your sense of rhythm and structure, apply the rhythms and patterns in your own instrument or use the ideas as a tool in composition and teaching. We will look at elements like rhythmic compositions, shapes and phrases in South Indian music, long rhythmic cycles from Ottoman music, multi-layered grooves from Brazil and Morocco, and how to play Sandansko Horo in 22/8. We will also explore rhythm as a compositional tool inspired by world music styles (timeline, layering, polyrhythms, cross rhythms, moving bass, and more).

For intermediate/experienced players of any instrument. Percussion instruments will be provided, or bring your own - all welcome!

Vasilis Sarikis is a multi-percussionist based in London. He specializes in Eastern Mediterranean and Balkan percussion and has studied extensively the drum set, jazz, music from Brazil and South India. Originally from Greece, he has been living in London since 2003 working as a percussionist and educator. [artist website]

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