Contemporary Balkan Ensemble

ENGB-407
Credits: 
1
Prerequisites: 
Written approval of course instructor
Electable by: 
All
Required of: 
None
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring
Location: 
Boston Campus
Courses may not be offered at the listed location(s) each semester. Consult my.berklee.edu for specific term availability.

This course is an advanced performance ensemble exploring different instrumental and vocal styles of traditional and contemporary Balkan music. Through engaged listening and transcriptions, students become familiar with the important elements of Balkan music: irregular meters, typical modes and scales, specific ornamentation, and improvisation techniques. They learn traditional and contemporary repertoire and explore arranging and composition ideas of their own, using the style they are learning and fusing it with any other style they are already familiar with.  An open mind for cultural and stylistic diversity is as important for a successful experience in this ensemble as is facility on their instrument and familiarity with other styles. 

Department: 
ENS
Course chair: 
Sean Skeete
Taught By