Voice and percussion workshop – singing accompanied by rhythm

with Isabel Martín & Davide Salvado

The practice of traditional art must be pleasant in all disciplines but perhaps especially when singing. Through body awareness, we will develop the sensory perception of the vocal apparatus to put musicality, communication and the truth of our emotion at the service of the sung words.

With Isabel we will approach the Castilian repertoire paying attention to the singing, its interpretive styles, ornamentation and rhythm. Percussion will be accompanying and guiding us, and we will understand through experience how the pandereta (tambourine) or the pandero (square drum), among others, have served the expression of these popular songs.

Davide will take a journey through the traditional songs of Galicia, especially from the area of ​​Costa da Morte, Pontevedra and Ourense. The protagonist will be the pandereta although the pandero will also be present. Dance is an important part of Davide’s music and therefore, also of this workshop.

Back and forth Strings

with Raúl Rodríguez

In this workshop, we will work on the development of cross-influences between the Afro-Andalusian Caribbean string cultures. We will study various playing techniques and analyze different ways of approaching creative work from within traditions, using anthropological research methods to try to understand how these influences are assimilated and transformed in different cultures.

We will pay special attention to the phenomenon of «falsetization» in flamenco music, understanding it as a process of crystalized transculturation in which we observe the conversion of distant melodies into figures and phrases appropriate to local music.

The preferred instruments for this workshop are the guitar and the Cuban tres, but it is open to any string instrument.

Open Mediterranean music ensemble

with Haig Yazdjian

All instruments are welcome to this open collective space. The workshop will be based on Mediterranean music influences as well as music from the personal discography of renowed compositor, singer and oud player Haig Yazdjian.
Participants will be introduced particularly to the Armenian, Greek and Arab melodies and the way they assemble in the language of this complex and beautiful musical tradition. Together, the group will explore arrangements and improvise around this repertoire, under Haig’s guidance and immense musical background.

This workshop promises a rich and unique co-creation experience, active listening and collective exploration. It is important to have a minimum knowledge and practice of your instrument to be able to keep up with the classes.

Melodies workshop

with Juan Quintero

According to the dictionary, a melody is a succession of sounds perceived as an entity. It unfolds in a linear sequence, that is, over time, and has its own identity and meaning within a particular sound environment.

In this workshop we focus on the beauty, the simplicity and the complexity of melody, tasting it and bringing with her the poetry of words. We will be playing and pulling from this thread as far as it will takes us, guided by the melody made person, our dear Juan Quintero.

Songs and rythms of southern Italy

with Livia Giaffreda

The workshop will explore the traditional repertoire of southern Italy and the relationship between voice and the tambourine (tamburello). The focus of our work will be traditional polyphony and its contemporary interpretation.

We will explore the handling of the tamburello and its relation to the body and the voice, studying the main dance rhythms. You will learn to combine rhythm and words, in a pleasant and ludic manner, playing, singing and dancing simultaneously.

No experience is needed for this workshop, but a tambourine, which can be between 24 or 40 cm in diameter.

Open Western african ensamble

with Momi Maiga

This workshop is an invitation to get to know African music, born of oral tradition. Through the kora and voice, Momi will lead this ensemble with whom he will share some of the traditional songs of West Africa, more specifically Mandinka and Wolof.

Percussion, strings, melodic instruments in general and voices of all levels are welcome in this African circle.

Composing tradition (like it has always been)

with Carles Dènia

Traditional popular music does not appear out of thin air. There is always someone who creates it, combining old elements with newer ones, reinventing, creating variations, playing with what already exists. Carles invites us to participate in a creative exercise of composition with elements of traditional Iberian music.

We will explore the most common literary forms and verses used in Spanish folklore, and, through them, understand musical structures. We will also learn from these musical structures using as references the most popular and widespread genres, through which we can understand most others. Jota, seguidilla, fandango, bolero, work songs, and more.

Understanding these two interconnected aspects (the verses and the styles), we will learn to identify songs and their origins. We will see, for example, how a work song takes a jota melody, how the jota takes the chorus of the seguidilla, how a carol takes the form of a bolero, or how a lullaby takes the form of a threshing melody.

Understanding this will be a precious tool when composing our own music.

The goal: to write our own lyrics and improvise using them. We will compose our own music combining styles, reinventing melodies, creating variations of all kinds. In short, playing with tradition.

Dance workshop

with Karen Lugo & Lucía López

Approaching movement is a way of inhabiting and listening to the body. This workshop starts with an authentic listening of the body, essential basis serving as our starting point.

For years, traditional music has been brought closer to the present and dance must be part of this process. Folklore is a social event, a meeting between people in the here and now. The starting point in this workshop is traditional Iberian dance and flamenco, languages at the service of collective play and that lend themselves to interact with other musical styles and all the musical diversity of this year’s Encuentro. We will explore the ways that allow the body to take shapes according to what surrounds it: rhythm, song, melody, other bodies, etc.

Each body has its own language and that is the richness of it. However, there is something deep within all human beings: the desire to once again feel part of something bigger than ourselves. In the process of this workshop we will explore ways to create a collective dialogue, find common directions and slowly create the movement sequences to share. From this spirit of community, in a safe and prejudice-free space, dance is created and the body becomes one more vehicle to transmitting the collective energies.

Listen to react. Listen to interact. Listen to integrate. Listen to simply feel. Listen to create collectively.

Intermediate iberian percussion

with Martí Hosta

Percussion is a fundamental part of the musical tradition of the Iberian Peninsula. Historically, it was mostly played by women who played that which was within their reach: panderos, panderetas (tambourine), almireces (mortar), conchas (shells), anis bottles, zambombas, sarten (frying pan), etc…

The intermediate workshop, unlike the advanced one, is exclusively focused on Iberian percussion. We will focus on traditional phrasing, on the modern evolution of these instruments, and on working on ensembles and repertoire of all kinds. Although the main instruments taught are percussion, they are always accompanied by singing, the voice and beat being inseparable.

In this workshop it is essential to bring a square pandero (Pandero cuadrado) and a tambourine (Pandereta). If you don’t have them, they will be available for rent. Since this is not an initiation workshop, you should register only if you usually play percussion, if you are a professional musician, o if you have already taken Iberian percussion courses. This way we insure the richest experience for all.

Advanced percusion workshop

with Aleix Tobias & Itamar Doari

Percussion has generally had, and still to this day, an accompanying function. This is true of the traditions of the Iberian Peninsula, but also in Latin American folklore, and in Arabic, Greek, African or Italian music. But sometimes the percussion is not limited to this supporting role but rather speaks with its own voice, creating rhythmic melodies.
Each drum has found its own particular way of speaking and communicating, drawing inspiration from the spoken language of their respective culture or ethnic group as well as sometimes from musical mathematics. This year’s workshop will welcome teachers from regions of the world that have developed the language of percussion at its highest level such as West Africa, the Arab world and the Middle East.
The role of accompaniment in percussion should be clear and assured, since it is that which is most used in a percussionist’s musical life, but little by little the language can be opened up and brought to speak with its own voice. In recent years many of the percussion instruments that had an accompaniment function have developed to levels unimaginable years ago. More often than not, the “solos” have been at the service of drawing the dancer’s movements, but are also sometimes motivated by the simple act of playing and creating stories through rhythm.
In this course we will work from traditional rhythms both from the Iberian and Italian peninsula, as well as from Latin American folklore, from the Wolof and Mandinka tradition, from the
Middle East or from Arabic music. We will explore how to introduce these new rhythms and languages ​​to instruments such as the pandereta (tambourine), the pandero cuadrado (square drum), the cajón, the bombo legüero, the doholla, the bendir or the riqq. We will learn to improvise with these instruments to accompany the dancers and also to explain our own stories.
The advanced percussion course will mainly be given by Itamar Doari and Aleix Tobias. There will be two groups of 10-15 students shared between the two teachers. Some moments will be dedicated to joint classes between the two groups, working and exploring the possibilities of playing within a bigger percussion ensemble.
Itamar will work on these concepts with the doholla, bendir, riqq, cajón and occasionally with the percussion drum set. It is necessary to bring at least a bendir. Aleix Tobias will work with
traditional Iberian Peninsula percussion, bendir, bombo legüero, tabalet, cajón and more.
Occasionally the rhythms of the previous instruments will be adapted and played on a mini drum set. It is necessary to bring at least a pandereta and pandero cuadrado. Also bring, if you
have one, your bombo legüero and if you can and wish to play the drums, a mini hi-hat, snare and bass drum set (as small as possible).
During the week, in addition to the classes with Itamar and Aleix, this group will have masterclasses with Davide Salvado on the technique, rhythms and Galician repertoire, with Isabel Martín who will focus on playing and singing Spanish repertoire, and Livia Giafreda who will teach us the techniques and rhythms of the Italian tamburello.


De lunes a viernes de 10 a 19 h
Idiomas: català, castellano, english



Miriam Encinas

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