Dhrupad Days Returns To Cornish’s Kerry Hall

Seattle, WA -- The 2016-2017 Cornish Presents season concludes with two concerts and one talk about Dhrupad. These events are held in collaboration with The Dhrupad Music Institute of America (DMIA) and are a part of Dhrupad Days, DMIA's annual music festival. Dhrupad Days also offers two immersive Dhrupad workshops, one vocal and one instrumental, that are available through the Summer at Cornish extension program at Cornish College of the Arts.

Dhrupad’s name is an ancient form of Indian classical music. Like other forms of Indian classical (Hindustani and Carnatic), it is based in the raga system. Dhrupad is considered to be a thorough and deep study of music. It places strong emphasis on pitch, and on accurate approach, rendering and placement of every note, in order to bring about the feel of the chosen raga. This ancient form of music traces its origins to chanting of the Sama Veda. It is a vocal form of music that has derived many techniques from the rudra vina. Along with the vina, it is performed on a variety of instruments such as the surbahar, sitar, saxophone, flute and cello. The rhythmic accompaniment in Dhrupad is provided by the pakhawaj.

Tickets for these Cornish Presents' concerts and events are available online through Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door. All events take place at the PONCHO Concert Hall in Cornish College of the Arts' Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle, WA.

Registration for the Dhrupad workshops and other music classes this summer can be done through Summer at Cornish at www.cornish.edu/extension/music/

Summer at Cornish Workshops

Dhrupad Indian Vocal Workshop

May 19 –May 21, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

This workshop is taught by the internationally renowned Gundecha Brothers, and is part of DMIA's annual music festival, Dhrupad Days. This class is appropriate for students ages 12 and older who want to learn Indian Classical music, those who want to improve and refine their techniques and understanding of music, as well as for those who want to improve their appreciation when listening to Indian Classical music. The price of this course is $245.00

Dhrupad Indian Rhythm and Percussion Workshop

May 20 –May 21, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

This workshop is for percussion players, as well as for vocalists and instrumentalists who would like to learn Dhrupad taals and improve their understanding and ability to perform to rhythm. Open to students ages 12 and older. The price of this course is $150.00

Cornish Presents Events

Friday, May 19

A General Talk About Dhrupad – Padmashri Gundecha Brothers – 6:00-7:00pm

A Dhrupad Vocal Concert by Sri Yvan Trunzler – 7:20-8:30pm

Tickets for both events: $20 general, $15 students with ID

Want a bit of background on Dhrupad? In the first event of the evening, Padmashri Gundecha Brothers provide an overview of Dhrupad, as well as a listening guide to deepen the experience of their concert the next day. The topics they will cover include history and context of Dhrupad, structure of a concert, voice culture and placement of notes in Dhrupad, practice of fine tuning this placement and the effect on the mind of this fine practice.

There will be a 20 minute break between the two events on Friday

After the break, Sri Yvan Trunzler of France will present a Dhrupad concert. Yvan sees Dhrupad as a form of Naada Yoga (Yoga of sound), (if the artist pursues it as a form of spiritual development) and sees the aesthetics of Dhrupad as a wonderful addition that brings a dimension greater than other forms of Naada Yoga. He relishes the melodic aspect of Dhrupad, the infinitesimal microtones, the superb precision, which he visualizes as generating a perceptual field opening up in all directions, and the process of generating this seems to have no end.

Saturday, May 20

Parama Swara: Padmashri Gundecha Brothers – 7:00pm

Tickets: $25 general, $18 students with ID

"Padmashri Umakant Gundecha and Padmashri Ramakant Gundecha present a Dhrupad vocal concert accompanied by Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha on the pakhawaj. “Parama (Supreme/Transcendental) Swara (note that’s complete in all dimensions)” is expected to be rich in the perfectly tuneful and beautiful notes that the Gundecha Brothers are renowned for. The Indian classical art form of Dhrupad is known for deep, structured exploration of music. Gundecha Brothers take Dhrupad to new heights by rendering imaginative, meditative alaps (improvisations building up a raga), powerful jod/jhalas (rhythmic improvisations of the raga) and moving renditions of compositions.

Padmashri Gundecha Brothers are widely recognized as the torchbearers of the Dhrupad tradition and the foremost authority of the intricacies and nuances of this already highly nuanced form of music. They are recognized for their innovative presentation, while strongly maintaining a hold on core principles. Gundecha Brothers perform in the jugalbandi style. Almost eerily in tune with each other, the Brothers perform improvisations in Dhrupad (aalaps) singing both together and back and forth at four different speeds. Like a kaleidoscope of sound, their voices merge in fascinating and ever-changing combinations.

Having explored a raga (ancient intervals of notes sung through the centuries) in this manner, they present compositions set to the same raga accompanied to the rhythmic beat of the pakhawaj. Together, they create mind bending improvisations to rhythm. In a typical concert, they will expand a raga (chosen on stage) in depth in all its forms – improvisation, compositions, free form and to rhythm. Then they will choose additional ragas rendering them in shorter explorations.