Sat May 16 from 3-6PM
Tues May 19 from 7-10PM
Early bird class fee (first 5 participants): $125
Full price: $145
ONLY 15 SLOTS AVAILABLE
Our Polish friends are returning! After hosting them for a SOLD OUT one-day workshop, we are proud to have Aleksandra Kotecka and Tomasz Wierzbowski return for a two-day polyphonic intensive in May.
Long time members of Poland’s acclaimed Teatr ZAR, Kotecka and Wierzbowski have worked extensively with polyphonic singing in Georgia, Corsica, Greece, Sardinia, Bulgaria, and Russia.
Due to its sheer beauty and unparalleled musical structures, Georgian chant is a unique form of singing that has been preserved throughout the centuries. Thanks to many field expeditions to Georgia, where they studied with master singers, Kotecka and Wierzbowski have developed a deep understanding of this method of singing as well as a unique approach to teaching it.
We are offering a two-day intensive that will be an introduction to three-part polyphonies of Georgian music based on various musical scales, both folk and religious. Through a selected set of exercises developed through ten years of study with world masters, they will help their students build important skills such as:
- steady breathing
- singing with support
- developing the skill of close listening
- basic rhythm work (including polyrhythms)
- enhancing the performer’s awareness and coordination
The workshop is intended both for people who already have musical and singing experience, as well as for those who value music as important in their lives.
Aleksandra Kotecka has been working with Poland’s Teatr ZAR since 2004. She helped develop and now tours with their productions of Caesarean Section, Anhelli. The Calling and Armine, Sister. She has worked extensively with Georgian polyphonies – both during field expeditions and as part of her own research and most recently with the modal music of Persia and Armenia. Among her main interests is the music of Orthodox Christianity. Apart from Teatr ZAR’s projects, she co-created a musical score for Heresy Black, a performance of Compania Sinegloss and for the film Daas.
Since 2005 Tomasz Wierzbowski has been working with Teatr ZAR from Wrocław, Poland as an actor and musician in the performances Gospels of Childhood, Caesarean Section, Anhelli. The Calling and Armine, Sister. A graduate of English Philology from the University of Wrocław he is also the author of the Polish translation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Report to Greco. His interest in Georgian polyphonic singing was cemented after expeditions to Tblisi and Svaneti. While working on Zar’s newest piece, Armine, Sister, he broadened his vocal work by learning modal music and also learned to play the kanoun under the supervision of Aram Kerovpyan.