Fretless Guitar & Kopuz by Erkan Oğur July 16-‐21, 2012 The Musical Workshop Labyrinth is very pleased to be able to present a seminar this summer with Erkan Oğur. Erkan Ogur is one of the most significant figures in Turkish music in recent decades and his work with the fretless guitar as well as with a special type of saz known as kopuz has been nothing short of revolutionary. Erkan Ogur is not merely a significant virtuoso, however. His arrangements of Turkish traditional songs have totally changed the way in which musicians approach this material. These arrangements rely on a unique aesthetic approach, which brings together in an exceptionally harmonious manner both strictly traditional as well as highly original and contemporary elements. This seminar however is definitely not for beginners; it is especially for particularly advanced musicians who are interested and experienced in pursuing a creative and innovative approach to traditional material.
Balkan Rythms & Repertoire by Ivan Varimezov 23 - 28 July, 2012 Ivan Varimezov was born in Bulgaria and received a B.A. degree in folk instrument performance and ensemble conducting from the Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv. Raised in the traditions of his native region of Strandzha, he is one of the most outstanding gaida (bagpipe) players of his generation, and he has many solo recordings and awards to his name. During the 1980s he was the director of the instrumental ensemble of a regional professional ensemble of folk song and dance in the town of Pazardzhik. During the 1990s he moved to Sofia to become the soloist with the orchestra of folk instruments at Radio and Television Sofia, a position occupied for twenty-‐five years by his famous uncle, Kostadin Varimezov. He came to the U.S. in 2001 to teach at UCLA.
Tar & Iranian Radif by Araz Salek 13 - 18 August, 2012 Born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran, Araz Salek began playing the tar at the age of eight under the instruction of Tofigh Iranparvar. He continued his study of Mousa Khan's instrumental radif under the supervision of maestro Houshang Zarif. Araz, then deepened his understanding of the Persian musical tradition by studying Mirza Abdollah's instrumental radif and Davami's vocal Radif with Arshad Tahmasebi. After moving to Toronto, Salek released his first and critically acclaimed solo CD 'Birth' in 2008. He later co-founded the Shiraz Ensemble, which has already made its mark at numerous concerts in Canada. Salek also furthered his experimental tendencies with Shiraz, and with a number of cross-cultural collaborations with musicians of various backgrounds and musical traditions.
Tamburello & Italian Percussion by Carlo Rizzo 30 July - 04 August, 2012 Carlo Rizzo, one of Italyâ€™ s most innovative musicians, is especially well known for playing tambourine-like frame drums of his own creation. Particularly notable are two tambourines containing a complex tuning mechanism which give him the ability to utilize sounds and techniques from a wide variety of drums from the tambourine family such as the Italian Tamburello, the Brazilian Pandeiro, the South Indian Kanjira, and the Arabic Riqq. Carlo Rizzo began his long process of the research of new sounds after many years of working with all of the traditional rhythmic forms of South Italy such as "Tarantelle" and "Tammurriate" in collaboration with local musicians. For Carlo Rizzo the traditions of the past present a creative challenge and a starting point for new creations and innovations rather than something to be simply copied and repeated. Indicative of this is his introduction of two-handed techniques to the Italian tambourines, the Kanjira and the Riqq. Today, after many years of research and a long career as a soloist, Carlo Rizzo teaches a master-class in which he presents a new approach to rhythms in which the traditional and the contemporary blend and alternate harmoniously. In this class the student will be taught a wide variety of different rhythms as well as being guided in the principles of improvisation.
New Roads for Ney by Amir Shahsar 6 - 11 August, 2012 This year the Musical Workshop Labyrinth is placing special emphasis on seminars and master-classes featuring musicians who have taken a creative and innovative approach to traditional material and instruments. In this context an especially interesting example is Amir Shahsar. Amir is originally from Iran but lives today in Israel where he has been for approximately 2 decades. His initial studies were of the Persian traditional style (radif) of ney as well as of classical western flute. However, ever since he left his native Iran he has been in constant contact and cooperation with musicians from many different styles and disciplines and has, as a result, found many innovative ways to incorporate the ney into these different genres in a harmonious and tasteful way. He is especially well known for his highly imaginative and original improvisations of exceptional beauty in which one can clearly see the meeting of the various traditions, which have shaped his musical world. The preferred instrument for this seminar will be the Persian ney, although other types of ney are also suitable. Anyone interested in acquiring a Persian ney should contact us in advance and we will assist them in this to the best of our abilities.
Bodhrán & Irish Percussion by Robbie Harris 20 - 25 August, 2012 Robbie Harris is a bodhrán player and percussionist. Over the years he has recorded and performed with artists such as: Bobby McFerrin, Bob Geldof, Clannad, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Moya Brennan, Dónal Lunny, Steve Cooney and world music artists such as, Hector Zazou, Nitin Sawhney, Theodosii Spassov, Pedram Khavar Zamini, Mamady Keita and Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan. After having toured extensively with Riverdance – The Show in 2000 he joined the Broadway production in New York. While living there he was a guest lecturer at The Julliard and The New School, NYC. This workshop aims to provide a detailed look at the bodhrán and its use in different styles of music. After a brief review of basic technique, this class will focus on expanding rhythmic and tonal patterns on the bodhrán. Stick technique, tone production and variation will be explored in depth, and the class will put a particular emphasis on expanding the necessary skills for rhythmic improvisation within various odd time signatures.
Sound Engineering by Efren López 27 August - 1 September, 2012 In this workshop participants will be introduced to basic notions about recording acoustic music in a "home studio", in a way that is comprehensible to everybody. This is especially relevant today as an increasingly bigger number of recordings are done in "home studios". Using a very basic equipment -laptop and plug-ins - we will work on how to select and position microphones, how to use effects, give tips for mixing and explain how all this affect the final sound result. We will work primarily with ProTools and Waves plug-in, showing how these affordable tools can give very a high quality result.