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Borderline Rhythms / Greek Balkan Percussions - Alexandros Rizopoulos
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Dates: July 7 - 12

Lesson timetable: 17:00 - 20:00 (total of 21 hours)

Borderline Rhythms – Greek Balkan Percussions

This title draws the rhythmical portrait of northern Balkan Greece regarding to my performing and educational experience. The methodology of this workshop is based on oral, as well as, written musical traditions underlying the special features of each rhythm. We are going to play the rhythm, we are going to sing it, we are going to dance it. This workshop is open to any percussionist, however, my priority is to give technical instructions for instruments such as daouli (davul/tapan), daire (upper position frame drums), as well as darbuka. I will give basic and fundamental information about rhythmic structure, though, I will be prepared to teach various non-metrical (without the constraints of a metronome) rhythms. Any recording is allowed during the class, any publishing without permission is forbidden. Bring your recorder (mobile phone or any application), your notebook, your pencil and your smile!
You are welcome to contact me for further information, wrongong@gmail.com

Alexandros Rizopoulos (Ioannina, 1982) is a percussionist and studies the rhythmic idioms of the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. He is a member of the active forms "Aledi Quintet", "People of the Wind" and participated in the populous band "Motel Selenik". He collaborates with many musicians in various productions, events and festivals. He has edited the composition and dramaturgy of performances that derive their stimuli from a combination of performing arts: "Sixteen Steps to the Earth" (2023), "Marigo and Yannos: A Eternal Passage" (2021), "Wired" (2017), "Aurekios, the Postman" (2016). He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University. He experiments and designs new musical instruments at the Kavouki instrument factory.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2I5dIRkg6NtBLOjJ9IUMwB Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fKJF8gilLw&ab_channel=Panlute

Contact info: +30 693 409 5253, wrongong@gmail.com Facebook: Alexandros Rizopoulos, Wrong Gong Instagram: Alejandro Rizopulos

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