Mastering rhythm with Konokol

A workshop with Asaf Sirkis

Renowned Israeli drummer and percussionist Asaf Sirkis visited Leeds College of Music during Specialist Project Week in November 2013 to run a workshop with our students on South Indian Konokol vocal percussion technique.  

"Konokol, the 5000 year-old art of South Indian vocal percussion is one of the clearest and most effective methods in the world today to enhance your sense of rhythm," Sirkis explained.

"It is perfect for students who have particular issues such as playing in odd times, phrasing, loosing beats, as well as other students who might be more advanced but would still like to strengthen their rhythmic understanding.

Over two days he ran through a number of exercises, tackling rhythm challenges and how to apply konokol to writing music - assisting students in small ensembles as they composed melodies based around the technique.  

The workshop culminated in performances from all the students involved, stretching across our pathway offerings. 

He spoke to us more about bringing together diverse music influences, breating rhythms and mixing Middle Eastern with Russian inspired music.

Film and photo credits with thanks: Christopher Bethell & George Heaton



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