About the IRC

The International Rhythm Course is a series of courses to solidify the fundamental expressive qualities of rhythm and explore its rich world to apply to your own music. The Carnatic approach to rhythm with its practical means for complexities, constitutes the basic system from which materials are learned and practiced. Exercises, rhythmical phrases and compositions are taught and then explored from the European musical perspective.

 

The basics of the vocal percussion language konnakol form the instrument through which rhythm is practiced and theory and analysis are explored through a combination of Indian and Western rhythmical terminology and notations.

 

The method of the courses is to take strong approaches to both the practical and theoretical aspects of rhythm, to fully utilize both mind and body.

 

And of course, to enjoy learning and exploring rhythm.

 

Individual practice is an integral part of all the courses, and there is space for creative development of the materials. Exercises and homework are given which can be shared live or via demonstration videos recorded at home (online courses).

 

Target audience

The IRC courses are designed for professionals, college-level students, and experienced amateurs. Performers of all instruments and composers are welcome regardless of style (i.e. Classical, improvised or non-Western musics). Existing ensembles and bands are welcome to apply as a group, as well as other rhythmical art forms (dance, rap, etc...) . If there are any doubts or questions about qualifications, just write for more information.

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Testimonials

“I thought it was great to have a good mix of "essential" lessons in a seminar fashion and "practice" sessions to deepen understanding of the material and address questions/issues.”

“In my case I think that you are always learning by seeing your own practice and that of others. There were very creative approaches that trigger my new ideas.”

“My favourite thing about the course and how you managed to structure it was that it functioned effectively at whatever level the student was at. There were times where I felt "ah! I know this stuff and I'm comfortable with it" and there were simultaneously times where I felt "whoa! that's awesome! I understand it, but it'll take me few months of practice to build myself to that level"

“I think that in this type of course, with different assistants with such diverse musical practices, the content was well balanced. In my opinion, the different contents have multiple degrees of application and practice. From the simplest you can come up with very surprising and enriching practices. Each of the participants will have balanced the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the content presented.”

“It was left up to me to decide what and how to do things regarding the assignments, and that was perfect for me.  As it wasn't a graded course, I could relax into it and soak up what I was able to with no pressure.  Even with my advanced musical training, I was challenged continually!  Excellent!”

“I really appreciate the combination of theory and hands on practical exercises. Also using western + carnatic notation was great, cross-training the brain to feel+see things from different angles.”

“I haven’t been a student since I left school but this course was so amazing to be a part of. All the teachers were fantastic, clear and precise with time for everyone. For me it was invaluable and an honour to have been a temporary student from the very best in the Carnatic world.”

“I really appreciate the combination of theory and hands on practical exercises. Also using western + carnatic notation was great, cross-training the brain to feel+see things from different angles.”