Raga, Dhrupad, Choir & Vocal Improvisation (Yoga of the Voice w/ Silvia Nakkach)
with Silvia Nakkach
and Vox Mundi School Faculty
Besides modern techniques of Vocal Improvisation based on the 108 Strategies to Free Your Voice, these sessions are devoted to raga singing and devotional chant delighting consciousness.
These chanting sessions focus on the main characteristics of several ragas by cultivating familiarity with the pitches and particular tonal movement and their introductory melodic phrases. We will discover the beauty of the shrutis (micro-tones that are revealed in the space between the notes), and the transformational power of the rasas (a rasa is that which gives “taste” to the mind), which relates to aesthetic sentiments such as love, joy, devotion, wonder, heroism, peace, and detachment evoked by the rendering of the ragas.
Students learn about raga-based styles of devotional chanting: Dhrupad singing, Saregam, Khyal and Kirtan, and they will have access to appreciate the difference between these styles and the approach to the ragas, as well as to create a vocal practice, and learn about vocal technique. Ragas are the greatest music teachers, because through the traditional practice of call and response, these awakening melodies stimulate our memory, while refining our senses deeply and delightfully.Silvia Nakkach, have studied Hindustani music and raga singing under the direction of the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan from 1982-2009. Among other masters, she has also studied Dhrupad singing for many years with Dr. Ritwick Sanyal in Benares, India, and with Yvan Trunzler. She have developed special qualities for the teaching and the interpretation of the alap (invocation or introduction to the picture of the raga, no rhythmic section). She has devoted the last 30 years to deepen and transmitting the distinctive tonal characteristic of each raga and its relation with rasa (mood) and consciousness transformation. She is known for having the gift of making simple and meaningful the access to the complexity of ragas, helping committed students to cultivate and sustain a devotional music practice and community.
To read more about this topic go to RECOMMENDED READINGS in this site to:
• RASA, INTO THE CORE OF MUSIC HEALING, by Silvia Nakkach, M.A., MMT.
•Free Your Voice, Silvia Nakkach
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