Successful Performer and Ethnomusicologist offers Eastern European and Balkan Music, in Bethnal Green
Duration : fee per term. The course is ongoing - Price : £115.00 - Place : London (E2 9PL)Learn, Perform and have Fun
with Magic Music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans
Tuesday evenings from 7 til 9 pm
Lively sessions of learning and rehearsing a colourful music mix from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, in straight and ‘weird’ time-signatures, from folk and Romani traditions. We study various songs and pieces, famous ‘must-play’ tunes as well as unknown and rare treasures.
The course is suitable for singers and instruments of any shape, range and tuning, including plucked strings. We have a piano, so
up to 2 pianists can attend. Guitarists/bassists and other accompaniment instrumentalists are welcome as long as they are happy to focus on the above. PERCUSSION is very welcome, please get in touch for details.
The initial teaching is by ear, sheet music and helpful links for all will be distributed electronically throughout the course. Intermediate to advanced level.
The course is ongoing. You can join any time - please get in touch for
mid-term starter fees and catch-up music packs.
Rate for online lessons : £36/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £180
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £360
Gundula Gruen is a virtuoso violinist and singer who has travelled extensively, transcribing melodies that she learned first-hand from Romani and folk musicians. Described by Songlines Magazine as ‘a shining star in the UK’s Balkan music scene’, her unique performance style showcases a technical ability acquired through intensive conservatoire training as well as a colourful and charismatic personality. Her arrangements and compositions, whilst drawing influence from her love and extensive knowledge of Romany Gypsy music, are original and highly personal.
Gundula also is a passionate and highly experienced tutor. She loves teaching children and adults of all ages and abilities, inspiring them with her love of making music, her own hard study to master violin technique, and her wide experience of studying classical, jazz, Romani and folk styles the traditional way.
Her latest venture was a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology, at City University, London, which she completed with Distinction in September 2018 at City University London. Her research focussed on Macedonian music, and her dissertation is the first comprehensive piece of academic work on Čoček, a Macedonian Romani music and dance genre.