IRC India

when possible

The IRC India is a musical and cultural trip to South India for continued rhythmical and musical study at the source of Carnatic music. The ten day course will take place in three different beautiful locations (Bangalore, Mysore and Hampi) with a program of classes and visits to concerts and cultural sites. For those who like, several pieces will be prepared ahead of time to be performed on fusion crossover concerts at several locations.


The course is led by Ned McGowanB.C. Manjunath, Dr. Mysore Manjunath and Kristina Fuchs in collaboration with Dr. Suma Sudhindra and the Indian Music Experience. 


More info to follow.

Carnatic Music

The Carnatic system of rhythm with its practical approach to complexities, forms the International Rhythm Course's (IRC) basic method for both a foundation and a structured exploration of rhythm in music. The IRC teaches the traditional approach to rhythm from the Carnatic perspective and places it both theoretically and practically next to Western methods. B.C. Manjunath will teach the basics of proper Konnakkol syllables and pronunciation, and the rhythmical approach of his pieces take a prominent role in the course materials.

method and difficulty

The method of the course is to explore a limited number of topics in depth, such as quintuplets, korvai, melodic development, etc… Rhythmic exercises and pieces are taught, explained and analyzed for learning, inspiration and adaptation to your music.

The materials are introduced on both basic and advanced levels and assignments are given with various difficulties from which each participant can choose, according to their level. 


Participants from previous IRCs or other rhythm workshops who would like to review the materials are welcome, and their experience will also be taken into account in the assignments. 

For whom is the IRC India?

The Course is designed for professionals, college-level students, and experienced amateurs. A high rhythmic proficiency level is not necessary, as theory, exercises and homework are given in a way that the participants can choose their appropriate difficulty. 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.