The International Rhythm Course Utrecht is a six day program taking place at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, where previous and new IRC participants come together in Utrecht to continue the learning and make music together.
The course is led by composer/flutist Ned McGowan, the eminent Carnatic violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, renowned percussionist and konnakol artist B.C. Manjunath, and vocalist Kristina Fuchs (main teacher voice Antwerp Conservatory).
Next to daily classes with the teachers, rehearsals, collaborations and performances (optional) and will be a main focus. Material and pieces to be prepared, according to the level of each participant, will be given before the course begins.
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 hispieces take a prominent role in the course materials.
Throughout the week there will be a mixture of lectures, classes, workshops, and rehearsals with an opening concert on the first evening. Theory will be given and a deep understanding of the material in practice will be emphasized.
For whom is the IRC Utrecht
The IRC Utrecht is open for new participants and those who have taken IRC 1, IRC 2 or participated in the previous summer course. The IRC 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.
Each participant will receive a diploma and earns 2 credits (ECTS) for the course.