Kearny Street Workshop – Raga & Tala Seminar

tala & raga: rhythms and melodies of Indian Classical Music

Wednesdays, October 8 – November 12, 08 6:30-8:30pm
with Robin Sukhadia and Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

at the Kearny Street Workshop
180 Capp Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Join Robin Sukhadia and Gautam Tejas Ganeshan in a six-session joint exploration of the twin classical musical forms of India – Hindustani (North) and Carnatic (South).

Each two-hour session will introduce students to the elements of Hindustani and Carnatic music – from the basics of rhythm and melody to more advanced concepts like compositional forms and improvisational styles, to some of the interesting approaches to the art as a spiritual practice that characterize the overall Indian classical approach. We’ll also explore contemporary manifestations of these traditional art forms, such as their use in films and electronic music, as well as their continuing evolution in the hands of modern artists.

Join Robin Sukhadia and Gautam Tejas Ganeshan in a six-session joint exploration of the twin classical musical forms of India – Hindustani (North) and Carnatic (South).

Each two-hour session will introduce students to the elements of Hindustani and Carnatic music – from the basics of rhythm and melody to more advanced concepts like compositional forms and improvisational styles, to some of the interesting approaches to the art as a spiritual practice that characterize the overall Indian classical approach. We’ll also explore contemporary manifestations of these traditional art forms, such as their use in films and electronic music, as well as their continuing evolution in the hands of modern artists.

A significant portion of the class will be devoted to learning the basics of tala (rhythm) and raga (melody) through studying tabla (north Indian classical drums; a limited number of drums will be available during the class), vocal recitation of rhythmic patterns, singing, and clapping time cycles. Absolutely no prior experience is required; Participants should expect extensive interactivity, listening sessions, video screenings, experimentation with concepts rooted in classical Indian music, and an open environment designed to demystify some of the world’s most ancient music.

Session Topics:

1. “Space and Time – Raga and Tala”

2. “The Context for Contemporary Indian Classical Music”

With Special Guest Lecturer from UC Berkeley Matthew Rahaim

3. “Intelligent Design: Music Theory and Concert Format”
4. “Improvisation: Tradition and the Individual Talent”
5. “ICM as a Spiritual Practice. And Bollywood!”
6. “Further Explorations – Review, Questions, Discussion”