Odd Times (MPF4103.01)

Bruce Williamson

This will be a performance-oriented ensemble exploring the rich and varied tradition of music written in odd time signatures (3/4, 5/4, 7/4, 9/8, 11/8 to name a few). We will choose songs from the folk traditions of Turkey, Bulgaria and other parts of the world, then look at how jazz composers started to embrace these non-duple meters (and still do so today). By examining and feeling these rhythmic patterns in units of 2 and 3 (simple, right?), we will learn to feel more comfortable playing and improvising (and who knows — maybe even dancing!) to these exotic pulses.

Prerequisites: Audition and/or permission of the instructor.Audition times will be posted.
Credits: 2
W 6:30pm-8:20pm
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:
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