Whether we use odd meters, time changes, or polyrhythms -- the most important thing is the feeling of the pulse. The pulse allows us to understand a rhythm with both mind AND body.


The ensemble workshop teaches how to handle "different" rhythms by making a connection between UNDERSTANDING and PLAYING.


As simple as it sounds, the workshop participants will come to understand these things - that are often considered "abstract", "nerdy" and "complicated" - in a simple way.

In this process, the beauty of the music is always priority. It's not about being the most abstract musician and making the most complicated and complex music. It's about using these extraordinary rhythms to make beautiful and naturally understandable music. To understand and to discover why a special rhythmical feeling has it's musical attraction.

The rhythm ensemble is an ensemble workshop that teaches the participants the musical handling of odd meters and "different" rhythms. In this process, the teachers Jelmer De Haan (NL) and Valentin Mayr (GER) convey their own experience and practice, which provides an insight into their daily work with abstract rhythms.


That said; It's not goal of the workshop to learn tiring rhythm theory all day. The intention is to make music and to practice and learn the musical functions of these rhythms. And there are no limits in the workshop: Every instrument, every age and every voice is welcome and plays a part in our ensemble. You can even learn to get a feel for the most abstract timings and contribute meaningfully by just clapping!


In general, we are offering one workshop for both beginners and advanced musicians. Everyone will play a skill-appropriate part in the ensemble. If there are special requests, we can provide an extra workshop for more advanced players.


Whether polyrhythms, odd meters or time changes; the body's feeling of the rhythms is most important. Because of that, it's part of the workshop to understand and to feel the rhythms first by clapping and moving the legs and feet. After that, we can start a successful transfer to instruments. In the end, it's all about the music. Even the most abstract themes can be handled by the ensemble to create something beautiful and to make the learned motifs listenable. 

The teachers:

Valentin Mayr (l.)


Jelmer De Haan (r.)


© 2018 by Valentin Mayr