“So, one bar is one, two, three four. You multiply by four, you have 16. Then, you can play any combination of beats that add up to 16. Five, four, three, two, two. Yes, that’s very nice.”
“Or you could also have four, four, three, two, three. Yes, very nice also.”
“We’ll play this and you count the beats, okay?”
I was not OK. My head was hurting. Four plus four plus five plus…and to music?! Oh, how the room spun!
It was all my linear brain could do to appreciate the sheer complexity of the music that the three musicians before us brought to life so effortlessly on their instruments – the mridangam, the flute and the fiddle.
And when I got the chance to bang on the drum for a bit, my fingers seized up, my wrists froze and I’d lost the count by the fourth round. It is odd that if I were to translate those beats into kinaesthetics, I’d have had little problem doing so.
The trio rounded off the workshop with a display of pure artistry as they played a highly complex piece of music that sent our spirits soaring.