Translating Improvisation | Seminar by Marianne Svasek “Dhrupad in a Global Context: Improvisation, Emotion and Societal Change”

Seminar by Marianne Svasek “Dhrupad in a Global Context: Improvisation, Emotion and Societal Change”


  • 08 May


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Dhrupad in a Global Context: Improvisation, Emotion and Societal Change
Wednesday 7 May
Lecture Demonstration Marianne Svasek
as part of the Postgraduate Conference Sound and Space
3pm, International and Postgraduate Centre

Thursday 8 May
Performance of Dhrupad improvisations Marianne Svasek with Nathanael van Zuilen and Ioannis Tsoulakis
at the Ethnomusicology concert Improvisation beyond Borders
7.00-8.30pm, Performance Room, 13 University Square


Feedback to vocal workshop Dhrupad by Marianne Svasek

“Beautiful, light and makes me feel at present. I like the fact that improvisation can evoke different emotions and is like saying a story. The sound of Tampura in combination with the voice is powerful yet gentle.”

“It was a really interesting experience to practice Indian music. In Korea we have similar things but the feeling was really different (I used to practice Korean traditional instrument). So good to meet such mysterious music and sound! 🙂 This sounds remind me of Korean emotion. I liked how the sounds make forms, like circles or waves :)”

“I very much enjoyed this workshop and it gave me an insight into Indian music which is wonderful. The difference between western music and Indian music was stark and I really liked how precise the notes must be when sliding. Through the music I was aware introspectively of my emotions and of the emotions the music could evoke. This workshop brought to life this week’s topic.”

“I enjoyed the workshop as it has been a great chance to experience something different. I also enjoyed the class with the three songs setting different moods. It helped give me insight in the power of music, to influence out emotions.”

“Being able to focus on this for the past hour has really helped with my feelings of being overwhelmed I’ve had in recent weeks with dissertation work. Really great experience.”