Dhol rhythms and technique
In this course students will study the technique, rhythms and ‘bols’ (rhythm vocalisation) for South Asian Dhol. Participants will learn several basic patterns and put together 1-2 short arrangements using traditional grooves. The course will also look into how the Dhol drum is used in more popular and contemporary styles, and how this can be adapted to other instruments and fusion arrangements. Through studying ‘bols’, participants will also learn how to notate basic Dhol rhythms developing the tools to develop simple notation for future study with any percussion instrument.
No experience in Dhol drumming is necessary for this course but an intermediate to advanced understanding of percussion is required.
Limited instruments are available for this course so please contact us should you need to use one.
Leon is an experienced workshop leader in many styles of international percussion including Brazilian, West African, South Asian and Cuban percussion. Leon specialises in Afro-Brazilian Bloco styles and Candomblé studying extensively in the UK, Brazil and Africa and possessing over 10 years experience in facilitating workshops, master-classes and performances. Leon is also the Artistic Director of Global Grooves and has put together the entire programme of activity from scratch dedicating his time and skills voluntarily with his ongoing commitment to the development of international music and dance. His other cultural performance and workshop projects include Meninos Oldham and Bangdrum Workshops.
Moves from Movies
…A short course of Indian dance movements for all those who love the lyrical energy of dance to add magic to their lives.A team of dance artists with extensive experience of performing and teaching Indian dance in the UK, across cultural boundaries, will deliver this exciting new course.
The team members are Bisakha Sarker, Mira Balachandran Gokul, and Varsh Rai.
They will draw from their expertise of classical and creative dance styles like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, New age dance to create an accessible learning program to support the participants to dance with the grace and confidence of Bollywood dancers .
At the end of the course the participants would have learnt a range of hand gestures (mudras), Footwork, Rhythmic sequences, Travelling Steps and different ways of creating their own dances to their chosen Bollywood songs.
Bisakha Sarker Trained at the Udayshankar School of Creative Dance, Kolkata and is the artistic director of Chaturangsan.
Mira Balkachandran Gokul trained in Kalakshetra, Chennai and is the co founder of the dynamic dance company Sankalpam .
Varsha Rai trained in North India and is working as an emerging artist to develop for own practice .