Monthly Archives: February 2015

Naan-Functional Harmony: Exploring the Intersections between Carnatic Music and Jazz

Check out www.naanfunctionalharmony.com, a new site created by Alex Pinto, which explores  new hybrid approaches to Jazz and Carnatic music. Alex recently finished a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, where he went deeper into the relationships between Indian and Western music.

“This video below demonstrates a classic rhythmic displacement exercise in Carnatic music. In the 8 beat cycle Adi Thalum, the phrase Ta Ka Di Mi Ta Ka Ju Nu is displaced by a 16th note via the phrase Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta, a cell of five 16th notes. Watch the video and attempt to figure out the exercise. If you need help, check out the attached pdf, available to download.”