MASTERING RHYTHM WITH KONNAKOL
Asaf enjoys a variety of educational work; private lessons, lectures, workshops, seminars, online teaching as well as being a principal lecturer at the Leeds College of Music and Trinity Laban College of music (London). In the last decade, he has been studying the art of Konnakol - the South Indian Vocal percussion under master mridangamist Paramasamy Kirupakaran and various other teachers.
Asaf has found an easy and clear, step-by-step method of teaching this complex art in a western context helping many students and professionals overcome rhythmic challenges and develop a strong awareness for rhythm.
What is Konnakol?
Konnakol - the south Indian vocal-percussion system is a 5000 years old rhythmic language. It is one of the most effective, direct and quick ways to understand, internalize and master rhythm. Konnakol opens a door to another dimension in rhythmic thinking. This amazing technique uses a natural and clear approach for the perception of subdivisions. It will greatly improve physical-mental focus and coordination for any instrumentalist or singer.
The rhythmic concept of Konnakol exercises can be practiced anywhere and anytime with or without an instrument: whether you`re touring with your band, traveling by bus or train or sitting on the bench in the park.
Asaf runs an active YouTube Channel about Konnakol, drum tutorials as well as blog posts and music videos. CLICK HERE to watch the new Mastering Rhythm With Konnakol tutorial series. Videos are uploaded weekly.
available types of educational work:
*MASTERING RHYTHM WORKSHOP: THE BASICS OF KONNAKOL AND UNDERSTANDING RHYTHM
*BREATHING RHYTHMS WORKSHOP: BREATHING TECHNIQUES WITH SYLWIA BIALAS & MASTERING RHYTHM WITH ASAF SIRKIS:
A lesson with Asaf Sirkis, a feature on London jazz News online magazine (July 8th, 2019)
“Singing is an inside-out learning process. It’s giving a voice to something that is already inside of you. In the 25 years I’ve been teaching. I’ve never seen two students use the same rhythms, nor the same syllables.” Asaf Sirkis explained his teaching process to Luke Franc (*):