LOUIS LENA CONISTA, A Drum Meets Karate Collaboration Art Project …


In collaboration with musician, philosopher, drummer and karate student Bartho Staalman and visual artist and karate teacher Thérèse Zoekende I am conducting research. We want to map new learning methods for instrumentalists and music producers for studying rhythm. When studying karate, it is customary to subdivide the exercise material into a trinity of kihon – base, kumite – fight with training partner (s) and kata – form study in mirror combat. The learning method we are researching uses the same three-part exercise material as karate. The method is also not based on the traditional musical notes that are often experienced as abstract, but is based on a new, more accessible musical language by means of diagrams.

Graphic score

A graphic score may then arise that was used for the first time in 1950 in modern and experimental music. Music sounds and pieces are transposed with or without music software to non-traditional music notation symbols such as self-created characters or even drawings to transfer information to the musician about how a work can or should be performed. This implies a great freedom of play for a musician.


Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) already made paintings in 1910 about similarities between pictorial elements such as lines, colors and forms and musical elements such as rhythm, sounds and chords. Also Dutch artist M.C. From 1940, Escher (1898–1972) tried to visualize music in his work. English composer Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981), who was an assistant to Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), made a 193-page graphic score entitled “Treatise” (1967). This score can almost be viewed as an independent visual artwork. American avant-garde composer John Cage (1912-1992) compiled the book “Notations” (1969). This is about the art of music notation in graphic scores of international composers.

Drum Meets Karate

Bartho Staalman is drummer, karate student, philosopher
Patrick Koster, Thérèse Zoekende are visual artists, karate instructors, founders of karate school ki located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Posted on 9 June 2019 in drum, Video, Collab


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