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Keeping Time: Calibrating time in music and spatial practice

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Bartlett School of Architecture

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Keeping Time: Calibrating time in music and spatial practice


Kemal Yusuf, Composer and Artistic Director of the London Graduate Orchestra

Asaf Sirkis, Drummer and Indian vocal percussion

Presentations and discussions for this session will explore the importance of understanding time as an important calibration tool in the varied, spatio-temporal practices of conducting and performing music.

Chaired by Emma-Kate Matthews (Bartlett)


About the presenters & their presentations:

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Asaf Sirkis:

Asaf Sirkis enjoys a variety of educational work; private lessons, lectures, workshops, seminars and online teaching. In about the last 10 years, he has been studying the art of Konnakol - the South Indian Vocal percussion under master mridangamist Paramasany Kirupakaran and various other teachers. Asaf has found an easy and clear way of teaching this complex art in a western context helping many students and professionals overcome rhythmic challenges and develop a strong awareness for rhythm.

“Since arriving in London from Israel at the end of the end of the ‘90s, Asaf Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the world’s premier drummers”— Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

What is Konnakol?

Konnakol - the south Indian vocal-percussion system is a 5000 years old rhythmic language. It is one of the most effective, direct and quick ways to understand, internalize and master rhythm. Konnakol opens a door to another dimension in rhythmic thinking. This amazing technique uses a natural and clear approach for the perception of subdivisions. It will greatly improve physical-mental focus and coordination for any instrumentalist or singer.

The rhythmic concept of Konnakol exercises can be practiced anywhere and anytime with or without an instrument: whether you`re touring with your band, traveling by bus or train or sitting on the bench in the park.

See more from Asaf HERE

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Kemal Yusuf:

Kemal began in unusual circumstances, having not been able to learn music formally in the state school he attended and instead taught himself to play the piano in writing pieces on the instrument his family were given by a friend. It wasn’t until his gap year before University that he obtained formal training in both piano and theory and in the composers own words; ‘those years were just about explaining something through music… that stuck with me, and I’ve written ever since’ He later went on to study a masters in composition at the Royal Academy of Music, which is where he met his late mentor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. A figure who the composer believes had a bigger impact on him than anyone else.

"One of the UK’s brightest young composers" M-Magazine

Time and Music: the Maps of Sound.

Kemal Yusuf shares some ideas about time and music. Can the mapping of pieces of music be used as an improvisatory tool? Do we all perceive time in music differently and what does this mean for the canon? This talk will include musical examples.

Listen to Kemal's work HERE

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