Integration of cross – cultural rhythms and contemporary compositional tools to inform a creative process
The purpose of my project is to transform my artistic identity from a Tabla player to a multi-percussionist and music producer. Entering the music industry for the first time as a full-time practitioner, I felt that this would enable me to create original work and be artistically independent. This project primarily brings together rhythmic studies from different cultures and contemporary compositional tools to create original works. For the first part, I primarily focused on the study of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian and Flamenco based rhythms via a combination of research methodologies such as creative performance-based, practice-based and model observation. The second component of contemporary compositional tools (harmony, composition development & electronic music composition) were addressed ground-up via classes, workshops and private-instruction lessons. Using a combination of the aforementioned tools, I composed and arranged three original songs as part of a portfolio titled, “Reflections”. Through this process I have learnt that the music creation process combines musical inspiration and craft. This project provided an impetus for me to develop effective processes to complement my artistic intuition to create original work. This research could serve as a guideline to percussionists worldwide, particularly Indian percussionists with a vision to make independent original music.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Tabla; World percussion; Compositional tools; Electronic music; Original music; Reflections
Ganesh, Lalit Kumar. “Integration of cross – cultural rhythms and contemporary compositional tools to inform a creative process.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2020. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-contemporary-performance/180.