We always love to share our music in all possible ways, so besides doing that on stage, we also really enjoy to do that directly with the ones who have a keen interest to dig deep into the subject on the music we have been fortunate to learn along the way. For this we often offer lectures or workshops before or after our performances. Some of these are:
Didgeridoo by Lies
The first half hour a lecture-like session that overviews geographical, historical, social and cultural background of the Didgeridoo along with the area’s musical diversity, its specifics and the variety of Didgeridoos made and used.
Different possibilities are offered depending on the audience:
A beginners workshop:
In the beginners workshop a wide variety of basic techniques will be discussed and practiced, which are necessary for building a solid foundation for various playing skills, and which will serve as a warming up for circular breathing.
These techniques include playing the didgeridoo using the cheek and breathing muscles, which is essential for circular breathing, simple lip and tongue movements, and vocal and throat sounds.
After a short break, we will use the entire second half of the workshop for explaining and practicing circular breathing.
An advanced workshop:
When attending the advanced workshop, control of circular breathing is required. During this class, we will focus on basic and more advanced playing techniques in relation to rhythm and composition.
We will analyze a piece of didgeridoo music, cut it in pieces and discuss and practice its individual elements, which will allow you to produce a wide variety of tones and accents.
Once there is a clear understanding of the rhythm and accents of the composition, we'll put it back together and play it, allowing plenty of room for variation and improvisation. Also we will discuss and practice different kinds of breathing-techniques that involves the use of jaw, diaphragm, stomach and tongue muscles this will help you to produce a more powerful and voluminous sound.
The advanced workshops will not only greatly increase your playing skills, but you will also have a clear insight in composing your own didgeridoo music.
Or a extra-Advanced workshop:
When attending the extra advanced workshop, it is advisable to have mastered circular breathing using separately the jaw, cheeks, belly/diaphragm and tongue.
During this class, we will combine advanced playing techniques and ways of circular breathing.
Different trumpet tones will be discussed and practiced to improve your compositions and increase your playing tempo.
Fast rhythms like the wobble and the double jaw will be explained in steps, analyzed with the circular breathing incorporated, to make these wonderfully fast techniques understandable. We also will practice and discuss the possibilities of making voice and trumpet accents in these rhythms.
The last part of the workshop we will focus on what Lies calls ‘Funky Stuff’, on how to play human beat box like rhythms.
The extra advanced workshop will not only greatly increase your technical abilities as a player but will also make you a more versatile and faster player and will give you an inside on how limitless didgeridoo playing really is.
Lecture about Aboriginal Culture:
Australian Aboriginal culture is extremely diverse, only in a small part of Aboriginal Australia the Didgeridoo was found.
This lecture is an overview of the geographical, historical, social and cultural background of the Didgeridoo along with the area’s musical diversity.
The specifics and the variety of Didgeridoos made and used will be accompanied by musical and visual examples.
Gender questions in relation to playing didgeridoo in history and today will be discussed.
Bringing the instrument to the non-aboriginal world in the end 70's early 80's and the effect on the custodians of this amazing instrument.
Hindustani Classical Music by Aura
‘Introduction to Hindustani Classical Music’
This lecture is meant to serve as an introduction to Hindustani Classical Music and give a comprehensive overview of this tradition and an in depth understanding of its most important elements, from the more simple to the more complex how do these work and interact in order to create a classical performance.
Some of the necessary points to be explained are:
-Historical and geographical context
-RAGA and TALA, the two main pillars of Hindustani Classical Music
-Styles and schools (Garanas)
-Explanation of the basic terms and concepts of the theoretical language
-Notes and notation
-Raga Art Music, Treatment and development of the Raag in a performance
Duration: minimum of 3hrs, possibility of doing a second session of another 3hrs if the interest is there to dig into details with required listening music examples.
Special requirements: It would really help if there was a bimmer that we could use to project some of the images of the presentation.
‘The Art of Improvisation in Hindustani Classical Music’
In this workshop the main focus is to understand and practice how a Raag is presented and developed in a performance, step by step. For this we will look deeply and in detail to the needed elements and steps of the development of the improvisation.
Some of the points to treat in detail will be:
-RAAG: what is a Raag? Which are its most important elements and characteristic?
-TALA: What is Tala? Way of Counting and marc the rhythm, times, terminology, most common talas. Layakari (Playing with rhythm)
-Steps in the treatment and development of the Raag Improvisation
ALAP-Exposure of the Raag. Improvisation free of rhythm
JOR-Pulsed improvisation in medium tempo
JHALA-Pulsed improvisation in fast tempo
Improvisation in Tala
Structure of development of the Raga in Tala
*Special Note: This workshop is open to any instrumentalist (in particular melodic/harmonic instrumentalist) that want to learn the bases of how to develop a Raag improvisation following the steps and scheme 'rules' of the tradition of Hindustani Classical Music.
The Art of Mathematics in Indian Rhythmic Improvisation’
This workshop is directed to any instrumentalist who want to deepen their knowledge and explore the fascinating and incredibly rich mathematical rhythmic thinking and counting of Hindustani Classical Music.
For this we would focus here on the rhythmic aspect of the tradition.
Giving mayor importance to TALA (Rhythmic cycle) and deepening also in various of its aspects and characteristics such as:
-Counting and clapping
-LAYAKARI: Playing with rhythm
-TIHAIS (Rhythmic ending phrases)
*Special Note: This is a very fun workshop to follow for any type of instrumentalist wishing to improve its rhythmic abilities, knowledge, understanding and creativity! Ideal for Didgeridoo players as well!
Bansuri Lessons for all levels
For any musician wishing to learn this beautiful instrument, or for current bansuri players wishing to improve their technique or simply seeking extra knowledge, motivation or inspiration.