A creative, Learner-Centered course via Templates
To learn Persian Dastgah music, also commonly known as Persian traditional or Classical music, learners are usually referred to a repertoire called ‘Radif’: a huge collection of mostly free-rhythm melodies, codified in Dastgah-s, which takes years to go through.
Nevertheless, there are underlying common structural timing and phrasing patterns, that shape those melodies. We call such patterns Templates.
Learning the Templates, listening to and trying out various versions of them in different Dastgah-s, is the approach we take in this course; an approach that can help a better and deeper understanding of different aspects of Persian Dastgah Music.
Who is the course for?
Professional or amateur musicians with a background in any music genre, interested in Persian music,
Learners of Persian instruments, or singing, who can perform at least simple melodies.
The course is NOT demanding high-performance skills in any genre of music, but it is ESSENTIAL to get active and try playing or singing samples for the templates presented.
February 2023 Schedule
Start Date: Saturday, Feb 11 Time: 7:30 PM Germany time (1:30 PM EST / 10:30 AM PST )
- After registration, we will send you the ZOOM link and details
With Negar Bouban, we have been presenting these three courses as group lessons, on Persian Dastgah music, starting from an introductory level in the first to an interactive and more comprehensive level in the third one:
In 12 sessions, over 12 weeks, as an introductory course to familiarise with everything important in Persian music; covering:
prominent musicians, musical instruments, albums and concert contents, must-listen masterpieces, and a touch of history.
Helpful for learners of Persian music and those in search of better orientation when exposed to Persian music culture.
In 12 sessions, over 12 weeks, as a secondary course to understand what different Dastgah contents are and how they sound, as a first step to forming patterns of modal content of each, based on which, people recognize Dastgah-s.
An interactive ongoing series of courses around the year, in four-week rounds, for participants who want to actively learn to make music with what is introduced and practiced as phrasing and timing templates in Persian Dastgah music.
To make the best of this course, participants should try to get active and make music, although not necessarily at any performing level, by playing an instrument or singing.
Annual Learning Plan
|Topics / Descriptions
|'Tasnif'': a metric vocal piece, and 'Pish-Daramad' : a metric instrumental piece to begin a program of Persian music in performance.
|An introduction to "Tahrir" and
a look at the role of ornamentations in Persian music phrasing.
|Templates of Kereshmeh and Chahar-Pareh, and their various versions in different Dastgah-s. Then we will try to bring other modes unto the templates and make our own versions of Kereshmeh and Chahar-Pareh.
|Templates of 'Khosravani' and 'Hazin', and how they take shape in different Dastgah-s, and we'll try to extend that to the modes that do not appear in the versions of Radif widely published.
|Templates of 'Baste-negar' and 'Masnavi', and their characteristics. We will see how they take shape in different Dastgah-s, and their different roles in a typical performance of Persian Dastgah music.
|We will get to know about timing-phrasing templates of 'Naghmeh' and 'Zanguleh', and what their characteristics are built upon. We will take a look at the differences they have, when appearing in different Dastgah-s, and the way they are used in performing Persian Dastgah music.
|In July, we are running the next round of the course, which will take us through timing-phrasing templates of 'Jame-daran' and 'Neyshaburak' with their appearance in different Dastgah-s.
In any typical and more or less traditional performance of Persian Dastgah music, we have ‘Daramad’ and ‘Foroud’ as two concepts that refer to the Maqam or modal aspect of the music. It is according to this concept, that the essence of any ‘Dastgah’ and ‘Avaz’ is recognized.
In August, we will be looking at what Daramad and Foroud are, re-visiting the concept of Dastgah as a cycle. We shall also present a handful of Daramad-s and the way to go back to them in a typical journey around the cycle so that we see how a Foroud is working.
|After the previous rounds, we are now delving a bit deeper into Maqam making of our Template-approach towards Dastgah music, with 'Bayat-e Raje' and 'Rak' and their appearance in different Dastgah cycles.
Getting more exposure to samples of the melody types, we would go for more guided listening and explorations into the material.
|In October, we are planning to work on the concept of 'Reng' (as a metric piece that traditionally comes at the end of a performance), as well as going on with Maqam making in our Template-approach towards Dastgah music, with 'Aragh' and its qualities.
|November & December
|In November and December, we will be working on the concept of 'Chahar-Mezrab': a metric instrumental piece, with its special characteristics, and will also continue the Maqam making in Dastgah music, with 'Rohab'.