Why study Turkish music and dance?
Have you studied belly dance and learned only about Arabic music? Recently, I heard a comment from a professional dancer who was booked to dance with a band that played music she was not familiar with; and thus her performance felt “off” and it definitely was not an enjoyable performance experience. I successfully danced in Germany 35 years ago with many different Turkish bands – speaking neither Turkish nor German – we communicated via rhythms and melodies for many memorable nights of shows. Come broaden your knowledge and experience base; come learn about Turkish music and dance styling.
Turkish Musical History – learn about the roots of “Am-Cab” and how Turkish differs from Arabic music and how Turkish music styling is incorporated into Arabic dance music.
Turkish Instruments and Basis of Musical Styling
Do you know these Turkish instruments and their close Arabic equivalents? Daire, Def, Kanun, Kemence, Kaval, Tanbur, Baglama, Darbuka,
Turkish Instrumental styling
Turkish Rhythms: Laz, 9/8 Tamzara. Chifte Telli 8/8, Laz 7/8, Tamzara 9/8, Karsilama 9/8, 6/8, and Sessemai 10/8.
Turkish Musical Styling and Vocals
Turkish Taksim Musical Styling – the Ara taksim
Turkish Dance Styles and Combinations: 6/8, Taxim, Bolero – with movement combos, accents, arm movements, finger cymbal patterns, and veil dancing.
Workshop for all levels includes a comprehensive handout with notes for all topics. Great resource information for teachers.