KonnakolKonnakol (also spelled Konokol, Konakkol) (Tamil: ) is the art of performing percussionsyllables vocally in South Indian music, the Carnatic music - South Indian classical - performance art of vocalpercussion. Konnokol is the spoken component of solkattu, which refers to a combination of konnakol syllablesspoken while simultaneously counting the tala (meter) with the hand. It is comparable in somerespects to bol in Hindustani music, but allows the composition, performance or communication of rhythms. SriThetakudi Harihara Subash Chandran is a well-known exponent.
UsageMany musicians from a variety of traditions around the world have found konnakol useful in their own musicalpractice. Prominent among these is John McLaughlin who led the Mahavishnu Orchestra and has long been usingkonnakol as an aid to composing. V. Selvaganesh - who plays alongside John McLaughlin in the group RememberShakti - is another noted konnakol virtuoso. Subash Chandran's disciple Dr Joel who teaches konnakol in the UK, isnoted for incorporating konnakol in rock and western classical music - notably in a concerto commissioned (2007)by the viola soloist Rivka Golani. The trio J G Laya (Sri Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram, Sri T. H. SubashChandran and Dr Joel) showcased the konnakol of Sri T. H. Subash Chandran and helped the previously fading artform back to concert prominence in the 1980s. Subash Chandran has released an instructional DVD on konnakol(2007). McLaughlin and Selvaganesh have released a separate instructional DVD on konnakol (2007). LOIRE (LoriCotler) is known for her konnakol singing, as well. Also Lisa Young  Lisa Young Quartet(Australia) is know forher distinctive style of konnakol integration Carnatic and jazz styles.Konnakol should not be confused with the practice in Hindustani music (the classical music of northern India) ofspeaking tabla "bols", which indicate the finger placement to be used by a percussionist. By contrast, konnakolsyllables are aimed at optimising vocal performance, and konnakol syllables vastly outnumber any commonly usedfinger placements on mridangam or any other hand percussion instrument. Further, all the differences which stillremain between Carnatic and north Indian rhythms apply equally to konnakol and tabla bols respectively.The artist improvises within a structure that interrelates with the raga being played and within the talam preferred inthe compositions. Mridangam, kanjira, or ghatam, the percussion is limited to physical characteristics of theirstructure and construction; the resonance of skin over jackfruit wood, clay shells, or clay pots. The human voice hasa direct and dramatic way of expressing the percussive aspects in music directly.
References David P. Nelson, Solkattu Manual: An Introduction to the Rhythmic Language of South Indian Music, Wesleyan University Press, 2008 John McLaughlin and S. Ganesh Vinayakram, The Gateway to Rhythm. DVD Mediastarz Monaco, 2007. http:/ / www. lisayoungmusic. com
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