On June 5-8 2010, Aram and Virginia Kerovpyan directed a liturgical chant workshop in Wroclaw (Pologne) for Teatr Zar of Grotowski Institute. This program continues.
Akn participates in VoicEncounters. 10-11 November 2012 in Wrocław, Poland.
Aram and Virginia Kerovpyan directed a liturgical chant workshop in Istanbul from July 14 to 28th. More than twenty persons participated in the seven work sessions organized with the support of the Hrant Dink Foundation.
An article about the course was published in English on July 18, 2008, in the newspaper, Today’s Zaman.
An interview in Turkish was published in the weekly newspaper, Agos, number 645, on August 8, 2008.
The main purpose of the workshops is to cultivate awareness of modal chant. The progressive work starts by singing a drone and intervals of unequal temperament leading the participant to learn Armenian liturgical chants by means of listening and memorization.
The Centre’s workshops are for all persons interested in being intiated to the world of musical modes, whether they are Armenian speakers or not, and whether they are amateur or professional musicians. The proposed work has a double aspect:
1- proper vocal work which allows the participant to discover a natural voice involving the whole body.
2- modal work which begins by discovering natural intervals that are not heard anymore in contemporary urban life. Under this apprenticeship, the participant learns to consider a melody within the framework of a mode, i. e. a sound environment, and not as a succession of notes or motifs.
Thus, the participant is encouraged to discover the diverse interval genres and species, and then the modes they constitute on the basis of natural tetrachords. Chants with limited lyrics are taught in this perspective.