Join Saskia Rao-de Haas every Sunday. All instruments welcome! (No class 6th or 13th June)
This class is the advanced group Raga and Tala and for participants that have followed 'The Rasa of scale practice', and 'Raga of the Month' or with prior knowledge of Indian classical music. We continue our journey into the world of Indian classical Ragas and their structure, aesthetics and applications in your own music practice. We will start a new beginners course in July.
Rasa in Indian arts means the essence of an artwork or performance the audience and performer conjunct together. It is at the heart of experiencing arts in Indian culture. How can we experience a Rasa in practicing a scale? And involve ourselves completely in the process mindfully? These classes will expand your understanding of scales, modes and how to practice them engaged with your mind, body and emotion.
Most of us grow up knowing 3 scales: Major, harmonic minor and melodic minor. Later we are introduced to some extras, but there would not be more than 6 scales that we practise regularly.
However, what if there were almost infinitely more possibilities open to all musicians to create scales and modes? That is when we enter the territory of Raga; an Indian melodic mode with its infinite possibilities to create and improvise. Knowledge of the parent scales of Ragas make the practice of scales so much more interesting while strengthening your focus and concentration in your practice.
World renowned creator of the Indian cello, Saskia Rao de Haas, will teach this one of a kind, regular workshop focussing on a different scale each week. Apart from a master performer of Indian music, she has composed music for ballet, cross-cultural ensembles and is the co-founder of the Shubhendra and Saskia Rao foundation providing music education to over 30.000 children in India.