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Scholarships are available – see below – apply by April 14
Dhrupad Days @ Seattle turns five!! Having hosted four successful Dhrupad Days, we are very pleased to bring it to you again in 2017, in collaboration with Cornish College of the Arts.
Dhrupad Days is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the blissful notes of India’s oldest classical music art form…. for three days… guided by world famous Dhrupad masters Padmashri Gundecha Brothers. It is an opportunity to improve vocal techniques and learn very beautiful and nuanced musical sound production techniques, no matter what your skill level or genre.
All Seattle events will be held at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98102. This is in the beautiful and thriving Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, which also offers several bnb lodging options (for those travelling to Seattle).
A three day vocal workshop May (19, 20, 21) , and a two day percussion workshop (May 20,21) are being offered.
Sign up links are available below –
Sign up now, to ensure a spot!!
Need based scholarships are available!! Apply by April 14. (Note: Earlier, an incorrect link to the scholarship form was posted. The correct one is now available from both of the sign up pages above.)
Scholarships are in the amounts of Vocal: $100 (local) $200 (those traveling to Seattle). Rhythm:$100 for local or traveling awardees
Friday, May 19, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A General Talk About Dhrupad – Padmashri Gundecha Brothers - 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Want a bit of background on Dhrupad? In this engaging lecture, Padmashri Gundecha Brothers will provide an overview of Dhrupad, as well as a listening guide to deepen the experience of their concert the next day.
Break – 7:00 pm – 7:20 pm
A Dhrupad Vocal Concert by Sri Yvan Trunzler - 7:20 pm – 8:30 pm
Sri Yvan Trunzler started his Dhrupad apprenticeship with Sri Ritwik Sanyal, a leading Dhrupad scholar and promoter internationally.
In 1981, he met the legendary Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (vocal) and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (Rudra Veena), and a few years later, joined them in Bhopal at their center for Dhrupad studies.
Between 1987 and 1990 he entered an intense practical study and gave his first concert with his teacher Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar. He continues to perform and teach to this day.
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 one dimension greater than other forms of Naada Yoga.
He relishes the melodic aspect of Dhrupad, the infinitesimal microtones, the superb precision, as generating a perceptual field opening up in all directions, and which process seems to have no end.
Saturday, May 20, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
A Dhrupad Vocal Concert By Padmashri Gundecha Brothers
“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 itself known for deep, structured exploration of music. Gundecha Brothers take this 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.
Typically, in the first portion of the concert they completely render one raga in comprehensive Dhrupad structure. In the second portion of the concert, they offer shorter expositions of, and compositions in, different ragas. There will be a 20 minute break between the two portions.
Enjoy both Friday and Saturday evening in beautiful, historic Kerry Hall. Free Parking – for the first ~50 cars is available in Cornish’s garage adjacent to Kerry Hall.
For guests coming from outside of the Seattle area, there are several lodging options and guests should make their own arrangements well in advance. Please find a couple of suggestions below.
1. The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast (Within walking distance to the workshop location) - www.baconmansion.com or 800.240.1864.
2. The Capitol Hill Neighborhood has several bed and breakfasts in almost any price range. You can use www.airbnb.com to search for these accommodations.
Seattle is beautiful in May (assuming it is not raining). Even if it is raining, it is beautiful! It is neither too hot or too cold. Bring a light jacket with you, though! Come early/stay after and enjoy exploring the stunning natural beauty around Seattle, or exploring this fun city.
Questions? Contact: Vibhavaree Gargeya at 206-491-4578