March 7 Friday 1:25 - 2:15 pm Fine Arts Center Room 44 FREE
MUSIC THEORY SPEAKERS' SERIES
A talk by John Cooper, co-founder of the East-West Chamber Ensemble
Differences and Similarities between the Music of India and the West
John Cooper is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, co-founder of the Cooper Music Studios and the East-West Chamber Ensemble, president of the East-West Music Edition, member of ASCAP and adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
The Talk: During Cooper's 1965 Fulbright study in India, he began adapting the cyclic Takadimi Rhythm Method of India to teaching and performing music. Takadimi rhythm is a body language that connects rhythm, melody and words. It is focused on body/mind coordination. During the presentation he will address these questions: How do Indian speed changes differ from Western metric rhythm? What are melodic motifs, and how do they influence the expression of music? Why and how is the Takadimi language more effective than number counting?