Rhytmical improvisation in the music of Iran and India (Keyvan Chemirani)

The seminar wants to give an overview of the general philosophy, techniques and concepts for rhythmical improvisation in the repertoires of persian music, north and south India.

Aural/oral learning in persian music: we will present the notion of “serie” in which, while learning a sequence of rhythms we consider the technical elements and the variations that enable an intuitive approach to improvisation working on dynamics, accents, speed, tones, ornamentation.

In north and south indian tradition: we will work on final rhythmic cadences (tihahis, chakradars) and different mathematical techniques (subdivisions, measure change).

The vocalized rhythm is a common feature of those traditions and it will be used as a starting point for our work and special attention will be given to uneven rhytms.


  • 23 April: 17:00 – 20:00
  • 24 – 27 April: 10:00 – 13:00, 17:00 -20:00
  • 28 April: 10:00 -13:00

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