Konnacol course on Indian “Beatbox”

Konnacol course by Sanjay Kansa Banik, an Indian percussionist who has collaborated with Sergio Cammariere and the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio.

10 weekly 90-minute meetings, Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m., from March 28 to June 6, 2018 according to the following schedule:

March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6

In the Carnatic tradition, the classical musical style used in South India, the art of vocalizing and improvising with the voice on rhythms is called Konnakol (Bol Paran in Hindustan culture).

The percussionist, through this practice is able to memorize extremely long and complex rhythmic cycles, actual compositions that he or she will then be able to faithfully reproduce on the instrument, since Konnakol employs the onomatopoeic syllables of the main Mridangam drum.

Just as when we talk to someone using voice modulations to express our moods or to emphasize a word or concept, in the same way we use voice modulation to give “melodic” meaning to vocalized syllables so that memorization is faster and more stable.

Konnacol can also be employed in a Western context, particularly with percussive instruments such as Drums, Tambourine, Tar, Riq, Kanjira, Darbuka, Djambe, Cajon, Udu.

Sanjay, Beatbox learning this method, its traditional rhythmic figures and improvisational patterns opens up new and interesting perspectives for the Western musician, according to the principle that: “if you can sing it, you can play it!”

Beatbox course credits for academic courses: 3 CFAs
Fees: free for Saint Louis students; € 120 for outsiders.