Arts and leisure - Music
World music series : Eastern European and Roma Songs
Wednesday from 15:30-16:45 h (start 2 weeks later than originally planned - no class on 26 Oct)
- Aleksandra Popovska
All levels welcome.
This course provides a brief introduction to the range of vocal music of Eastern Europe, including songs from Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, etc. The vocal music of Eastern Europe is very different from what we are used to hearing in Western Europe. Unfamiliar harmonies and rhythms make for an exciting choral experience. Some songs will be taught by ear, others with scores. The repertoire contains something for every voice and every combination of voices: from solo to duet to polyphonic, in a variety of characteristic rhythms.
Romany/Gypsy music has emerged as one of the most popular world music genres in the last two decades. There are a great variety of musical styles marketed as 'gypsy' point to the fact that Romani musical expressions draw their musical characteristics from Romani and non-Romani elements. Styles are differentiated according to time, place, and cultural influences with regard to ornamentation, language choice, vocal timbres, and choice of instruments.
In this course, varieties of songs in many languages will be sung.
Students can expect songs that are vibrant with tales of human struggles, sorrows, suffering, love, and an enormous lust for life. Perfection in their interpretation will be explored by finding the ways to surrender to the music/text/rhythm.
Aleksandra Popovska’s career spans two decades and several countries; she is known internationally as a singer, voice teacher, composer, and community choir leader. Her work has taken her to over fifteen countries collaborating and inspiring many students and artists. She was trained in various music disciplines (voice, a composition for media, music education, and music production) in The Netherlands, UK and Macedonia.
She had more than a hundred performances on various podia around the world (to name a few: Rotterdam Opera Festival, Neuköllner Oper-Berlin, Macedonian National Opera & Ballet, etc.).
Aleksandra participated in recordings of over fifteen CDs in different music genres.
Aleksandra is a member of the Dutch Asociation of vocal pedagogues and Dutch Asociation of composers.
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