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Harmony Workshops: Rhythm



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"And the rhythm of life is a powerful beat,
Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet..."

Dorothy Fields / Cy Coleman

World Rhythms - with Sara Khoroosi

Music exists in every known culture in history; an innate universal chord of connectedness - which is why we feel it is so importantly linked to Harmony in Health.

Plato observed rhythm as “an order of movement”, a pattern in time. Rhythm in music, can be thought of as the placement of sounds in time. The notion of rhythm also occurs in other arts (e.g., poetry, painting, sculpture, and architecture) as well as in nature (e.g., biological rhythms).

Rhythmic structures in music vary across cultures, so we thought to share with you a selection of Syrian, South Indian (Carnatic) and Aboriginal rhythms in this workshop.

We will be having a go at some of these ourselves, so as to experience them first hand.
It will be led by Sara, our resident musician, at an accessible level for all, so no worrying about having two left feet!

Being together in rhythm - with Bartosz Nowakowski

Rhythm is omnipresent. There is something seductive about it. Rhythm is organic and has been with us from the beginning, because it is our heart beat that accompanies the creation of life.

Rhythm is primal and common to all cultures in the world. Kids in the Bronx and spinning dervishes in the Balkans move to the beat: from waltz, oberek, techno, rock, jazz to the philharmonic orchestra.

Why is playing together, tapping a rhythm so pleasant? Why is it we feel that we are doing something important with other people at that moment? This feeling of community and the joy of being together in music is also common to everyone.

I hope to share this passion and joy of rhythm through rhythm patterns, body percussion and coordinated movement.
Because, at least for a moment, we can be together.

See you soon.
Bada bum, bada bim, bada bom ;-)

The rhythm of the brain with Dr. Hanna Poikonen

How does the brain detect rhythmical patterns? How does rhythm create a sense of community?
We will find answers to these questions with the latest discoveries in neuroscience. In addition to auditory areas, rhythm also activates the motor regions of the brain.

Shared rhythm in body movement or music making creates a sense of connection on many levels. It wires together the heartbeat, breathing and brain waves of the participants, tuning us to the same mood and facilitating anticipation of the movements and intentions of the other person.

Shared rhythm helps us to communicate, understand and connect - with each other and ourselves.

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