From Traditional Basque Percussion to Jazz

Aimed to?
Any music or instrument that wants to improvise based on the rhythms of Basque folklore music.

In this workshop we will learn and practice the basic patterns of some of the most significant Basque dances, such as Zortziko and Ezpata Dantza, through singing, body, percussion and drums. We will use audiovisual material of songs and dances of reference.

In order to get into improvisation, we will use different resources such as orchestration, subdivision, dynamics and phrasing, seeking a balance between tradition and modern drums.

We will take the different rhythms/dances to the modern drums and structure the workshop with the following objectives:

-To play the rhythms as they are in the box (Atabal, danbolin, tambourine, Txalaparta).

-Look for different orchestrations (keep the essence).

– Rhythmic variations and improvisation (compass points, 2/3/5/7 groups, modulation,

-Dynamics, subdivision, orchestration, phrasing (Mark Giuliana).

Mikel Urretagoiena

Mikel Urretagoiena was born in Ordizia (Basque Country) in 1991. He graduated in Jazz Drums Performance at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del País Vasco (Musikene), where he receives classes from musicians such as Jo Krause, Guillermo McGill, Bob Sands, Joaquín Chacón and Mariano Díaz, among others. In 2016 he finished his Master’s degree in musical research at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen (Holland). During this period he moved to New York for five months, receiving classes from great figures of current jazz such as Ari Hoenig, Kendrick Scott, Mark Guiliana, Mark Smith, Ziv Ravitz and Nasheet Waits.

He currently lives in Madrid, where he combines his work as a teacher with that of a sideman, playing with musicians of national and international renown. He is an active member of the projects The Machetazo, Dani Pozo 4tet, Ander García Trío and Wasabi Hurricane by Ander Garcia.

• 3 April, 2017

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