ZdZ: Efrén López

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21/05/2023 _ 18:00 h

Balkan & Mediterranean: Balkans, Greece, Turkey, East Mediterranean on the HG. Hurdy gurdy workshop with Efrén López

One of the most unconventional yet most experienced player since the beggining of the 21st century on the hurdy-gurdy. Talented multiinstrumentist, composer and producer with a broad knowledge of the Mediterranean musics, has prepared a very special masterclass focused on those non viellistic traditions for the HG.

This workshop is aimed to players of all levels who wish to expand their capabilities on the instrument, incorporating new repertoires, ornaments, phrasing and rhythmic patterns to the hurdy-gurdy techniques and common styles.

In order to achieve that, we will take the instrument out of its usual context (Early music, European Folk…) to “contaminate” it with elements coming from other traditions (Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Arabic…), distilling from them interesting elements to enrich the sound and expression.

We will adapt to our instrument ornaments from the Balkan bagpipes, the Eastern mediterranean bowed fiddles, as well as modes (makam) and time signatures (5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 10/8, 11/8, 15/8, 22/8…) coming from those modal systems.

Recommended tunings to join the workshop are: chanter strings in G and D, drones in D, C, A, and G, and trompettes in D, A and G.

Although not essential, knowledge of music theory and reading music are recommended. Extra material will be given to study further for next months.


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About the teacher

Efrén López is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and sound engineer specialized in hurdy-gurdy and plucked string instruments of the European Medieval tradition, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

For more than 25 years Efrén López has been part as a composer, performer or producer on some of the most creative Roots music projects of both ends of the Mediterranean and beyond: Trio Petrakis·López·Chemirani, L’Ham de Foc, Ross Daly, Stelios Petrakis, Kelly Thoma, Derya Türkan, Dilek Türkan, Katerina Papadopoulou, Michalis Kouloumis, Göksel Baktagir, Nilgün Aksoy, Ertan Tekin, Zohar Fresco, Eléonore Fourniau, Sylvain Barou, Noma Omran, Rocío Márquez, Carles Dénia, María del Mar Bonet, EAR, 3,14, On… as well as the Middle East and Asia (Sima Bina, Siamak Aghaei, Daud Khan, Parvathy Baul, Ziya Tabassian, Bijan Chemirani, Keyvan Chemirani, Veka Aler, Arslan Hasreti, Pedram Khavarzamini, Lamia Yared, Kourosh Ghazvineh, Bashir Faramarzi, Zohreh Jooya…).

On the other hand, his activity in the field of Early European music or influenced by it includes projects in Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Denmark and Iceland with Jordi Savall, Evo, Eloqventia, Capella de Ministrers, Oni Wytars, Al Andalus Project, Maria Laffitte, Via Artis Konsort, Faun, Ex Silentio or Voces Tules. With all these formations has given concerts in some of the most prestigious festivals throughout Europe, North Africa, North and South America, the Middle East, China and the Indian subcontinent, and has participated in the recording of over 70 CDs.

He has recorded or performed for television channels TVE-2, TV3, Canal 33, Antena 3, Canal 9, National Television of Puerto Rico, Greek Radio-Television ERT, Croatia National Television, Cyprus RIK TV. And radio: BBC, BBC Persian, RNE-Radio 3, Deustchland Funk, WDR3 German Radio, Radio Television of Switzerland, Burç FM (Istanbul, Turkey), Catalunya Ràdio, Canal 9 Ràdio.

As a sound engineer, arranger and/or producer he has worked for L’Ham de Foc, Kelly Thoma, Evo, Petrakis·Lopez·Chemirani, Katerina Papadopoulou, Ross Daly, Stelios Petrakis, Sangre de Muerdago, Ziya Tabassian, Atlas, Necati Çelik, Sadreddin Özcimi, Aman Aman and Sabir.

His studio works include music for theater, dance (Sara Cano, Miriam Peretz), opera (Negar by Keyvan Chemirani, Deutsche Oper Berlin) sample libraries (“Era” and “Ancient Persia”, by Eduardo Tarilonte), and original soundtracks for documentaries (“Renaixem”, by David Segarra, “Predela del Centear de La Paloma”, by Rubén Soler), movies (“30 monedas”, by Álex de la Iglesia), and recordings for composers like Armand Amar or Minco Eggersman.

As a music teacher he has taught workshops on Medieval and Modal music at the Berklee College of Music (València, Spain), Labyrinth Music Workshop (Crete, Greece), Labyrinth Catalunya, Labyrinth Online, Khatawat Center (Forli, Italy), Conservatory of Reykjavik (Iceland), Halsway Manor National Center for Folk Arts (UK), Müzik Köyü (Turkey), ESMUC (Barcelona, Spain), Fürstenecker Bordunale (Germany), Stichting Draailier & Doedelzak (Netherlands), Seyir Muzik (Brussels, Belgium), Ruhnu Fiddle Camp (Estonia), Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden), Norges musikkhøgskole (Oslo, Norway), Nicosia (Cyprus), Culture Centre of Van (Turkey), Asociación Ibérica de la Zanfona (Spain), What Is Music? festival (Frías, Burgos, Spain), Conservatori Superior (València, Spain), Music Village (Aghios Lavrentios, Greece), Ateliers d’Ethnomusicologie (Geneva, Switzerland), and Sintra (Portugal) and Zona da Zanfona in Galiza in 2019.

He has studied hurdy-gurdy with Nigel Eaton, Maurizio Martinotti, Germán Díaz and Pascal Lefevre, and techniques and theory of various instruments and musical languages of the Mediterranean and Middle East with Ross Daly, Erol Parlak, Mehmet Erenler, Erdal Erzincan, Erkan Oğur, Ömer Erdoğdular, Necati Çelik, Yurdal Tokcan, Daud Khan Sadozai, Mohammed Rahim Khushnawaz, Yasamin Shahhosseini, Keyvan Chemirani, Zohar Fresco, Isabel Martín and Araz Salek, among others.

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