(it has been pointed out to me that is
more accurate to say "irregular meters")
This is an adaptation of a handout I use
for my "Drumming (or Playing) Irregular Rhythms"
workshop. It is fairly basic and not comprehensive, e.g.
no country of origin of individual dances is given, as
it is aimed at helping people play rhythms rather than
at giving background information. I am also
available to run workshops on beginners' drumming
(darabuka or dumbek - not African drumming on djembes).
These assymetric rhythms mostly come from
Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, with some also from
Albania, Greece, Romania and Armenia. The 10/8 is from
Armenia and Turkey. In a one-off session for "irregular
beginners" I mainly focus on the 7/8 Lesnoto rhythm,
with maybe a quick look at the 9/8 Karsilama and the
Rhythms with a count of over 13 or maybe
15 are often thought of as composites of 2 shorter
rhythms, e.g Sandansko Oro 22/8 is like 9/8 plus 13/8;
there are dances in 25/8 made up of 7/8+7/8+11/8.
Please note; the names given are of
dances, but the same name can sometimes refer to a piece
of music, or the rhythm itself, or all of those! Compare
waltz, jig, foxtrot... A dance or rhythm may also have
different names in different regions; and some dances
are done to more than one rhythm. And some different
dances have the same name. Is that clear?
You can use Weird
Metronome to programme and play these rhythms on a
SPELLINGS some accented Slavic
letters may not display properly in all browsers -
particularly c with caron or haček (like a little hat on
top of the letter, as in "haček"!), pronounced "ch" in
English, s with haček, pronounced "sh" and z with haček,
pronounced "zh" as in English "leisure". It may depend
on your language settings and what fonts you have
installed. Or maybe it doesn't...
Transliterations of names from the
Cyrillic alphabet, e.g. for Bulgarian, can vary - so
Latin spelling is not always consistent.
|MOST COMMON CURRENTLY IN UK
CIRCLE/INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING
Lesnoto, Ajde Jano,
Baba Djurdja, Makedonsko Devojče, Ivanice,
Dobra Nevesto, Kalamatiano, Jovano Jovanke,
Tino Mori, Karamfil, Šar Planina, Sarakina
Ormena (not 5/8 as previously posted).
Sfarlis, Svornato, Saxofon Kolo, Samokovsko (aka
Devetorka, Šareni Čorapi),
|Mombar, Ooseke Gookas,
Armenian Shuffle, Basamian Bar, Agir Halay, Yeni
Osogovka, Kopanitsa, Krivo Horo, Krivata.
||Joc la Sînziene
|Gul Dali, Fatiše Kolo,
||Basic Čoček rhythm.
Some alternative transliterations or
Fatiše Kolo; fatise, fatice
Geamparalele; Geampara is singular, Geamparale is
plural, and the extra "le" on the end in "Geamparalele"
is the definite article.
Račenitsa; račenica, ručenica, ručenitsa
Sînziene; sinziene, sânziene
LINKS TO OTHER RELEVANT WEBSITES
rhythm dances detailed page on Romanian uneven
rhythm dances at the excellent Eliznik site. NEW 04.08.08
Balkan and Middle Eastern Dance Rhythms at Ethnic
Dance Chicago. Has a few Real Audio examples. LINK UPDATED 09.04.07
Balkan Rhythms at the Planet Synteza website. Good
basic explanation of the principle behind these rhythms,
with some examples of names of rhythms and their
Bulgarian irregular beats (asymmetric measures) at
Vesselka's site. Has a few links to sites where you can
hear examples. LINK NOT WORKING
- SITE UNAVAILABLE 01.06.05
Review of Music and Rhythm (from a belly dancer's
point of view) by Roxann (Ann Sabin). Mostly not
to do with irregular rhythms, except for the 9/8
Kashlimar (Karshlimar, Karsilama) - but valuable if you
do not understand basic musical concepts as it starts
with a simple explanation of rhythm and time signatures.
Weird Metronome is a Windows program
which beats out time using Midi hardware present in most
sound cards. It plays measures of length up to 1000
beats, with totally customizable emphasis of beats.
David Johnston wrote it to fill the needs of the eastern
European folk music community.
See also my LINKS for
general International Folk Dance - including dance notes
- and Circle Dance and music sites.
OTHER DANCE AND MUSIC PAGES on
DANCE & MUSIC main
page - details of my dance teaching and music playing,
what is Circle Dance, list of my dance choreographies
and music sources, etc..
page for details of local dance groups, dance days,
MP3 SOUND FILES of Cosmo Kolo and
of myself, Helen O and Bob Minney.
LYRICS to some Circle
and International Folk dances.
IRREGULAR RHYTHMS from
Eastern Europe, Armenia, Turkey - an adaptation of
my drumming or instumentalists' workshop handout,
with beat count and names of some dances for a variety
of rhythms for 5/16 to 22/8.
for some of my circle dance choreographies.
A collection of Circle Dance ARTICLES.
Some may be humourous.
LINKS to many Circle and
International Folk Dance and related sites, and music
sites with lyrics or sound files or general background.
CDs & TAPES some new,
some secondhand, various genres, plus some available
through Amazon.co.uk, for whom I am an affiliate.
VIDEOS of me demonstrating a
few of my choreographies, to which there are also dance
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