Feb
23

Greek Traditional Music Workshop with Dunja Botic

Thanasis Gavos   March Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25; 12:00-2:00pm
Dunja Botic

Join us in Dunja Botic’ weekly Greek Traditional Music Workshop starting this March!

The workshop will run from Sunday 4th of March and every Sunday from 12-2pm at Balabam with the multi-talented singer Dunja teaching a different special topic each month!

March //
Introduction to Polyphonic Songs of Epirus region, Greece

During March’s workshop you will learn about: being skilful in improvisation, boosting your confidence, breathing techniques, tuning, projection, songs from different Greek regions, ornaments, harmonies, history and culture.

Times:
Every Sunday 12:00-14:00

Fee per session:
£15 | All Levels

*There are a limited number of positions, please email [email protected] to reserve your place.

About March’s workshop:

The origin of this polyphonic form is considered to be very old (possibly, even pre-Hellenic). The melodies of polyphonic songs are the only ones in Greece that have preserved the pentatonic scale without semitones (a scale consisted of five tones without semitones). According to some musicologists, this scale is identified with the Doric way of ancient Greeks, the par excellence Hellenic harmony. Except from its scale, what pleads for the very old origin of the kind is its vocal, collective, rhetorical and modal character.

Here’s a small taste of polyphonic singing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvICM2lPYpY

About your instructor:

Dunja Botic is an acclaimed singer of Southern and Eastern European folk music hailing from Athens. Channelling both Romani divas and Greek grandmothers she brings a unique intensity to the stage and her music, both as a soloist and as part of the award-winning ensemble Don Kipper. Multilingual and multi-talented she specialises in teaching Balkan vocal techniques, traditional storytelling and choral and solo performance from the Mediterranean.

 

Balabam,
58-60 High Road,
Tottenham,
London N15 6JU

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