Calendar of Events
March 3, 2013
The workshop begins by finding the “dance” of 5/4 which is EVERYTHING. We’ll work on getting 5 in our bodies before playing or singing.
We’ll spend time clapping, moving and counting (until it’s no longer needed) with the goal being to remove any fear of 5/4 and come to the realization that it’s no different from any other rhythm once your body feels the dance / groove.
A variety of different ways to play 5/4 will be demonstrated and explored.
We will spend time listening to a variety of grooves from Horace Silver, Milton Nascimento, Brad Mehldau, Alex Acuna, Michel Camilo, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin and others, including songs Frank Martin has arranged in 5/4 for various artists.
We will also explore polyrhythms, 5 against 4 as well as how to use phrasing in 5 over a 4/4 groove utilizing for example 5/16 over 4/4.
$30 advance purchase/$45 day of the workshop
Introduction to Irish Song: The Vocal Tradition
Join Dublin-born singer Melanie O’Reilly for an introduction to the rich and diverse Irish vocal tradition. Irish songs explore many subjects and themes — love and betrayal, everyday life, emigration and historical events. Songs of celebration, laments, lullabies, “lilting” (mouth music), and sean-nós (“old-style”) will all be demonstrated. Students will have the opportunity to sing examples of the Irish tradition, and will be encouraged to sing in Gaelic (to be learned phonetically), and in English. Some songs will be unaccompanied, as in the Irish tradition.
Melanie O’Reilly, a native of Dublin, is an internationally-known Celtic jazz performer/singer, songwriter and music educator from Ireland. She was a multi-award winner of Ireland’s Feis Ceol competitions (vocals) and she is accredited by both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Goldsmiths College in London. She has recorded six albums for the label Mistletoe Music, and hosts an award-winning radio show “Jazz on the Bay” for RTE, Ireland’s National Broadcasting station. She recently received an award from Foras na Gaeilge, to develop her new celtic jazz project, soon to be released as her new album.
Melanie has extensive experience in teaching the singing of Irish music, as well as in jazz, along with vocal technique and performance. She has taught at the Oakland School of the Arts, the New College of California in San Francisco, and UC Berkeley’s CAL Extension amongst others. She is currently a faculty member of the Starland Music Center Alameda, and has taught Irish song at the Jazzshool Berkeley as part of their World Music program. She was a Visiting Scholar & Musician-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Celtic Studies from 2003-2009.
$50 advance purchase/$65 day of the workshop
Incredible Bay Area music featuring:
Ben Goldberg-clarinet, Beth Custer-clarinet, Steve Adams-flute, Jarratt Rossini-bassoon, Cory Wright-bass clarinet, Jess, Ivry-cello, Alisa Rose-violin, Evan Francis-alto sax/flute, Kasey Knudsen-alto sax, Jayn Pettingill-alto sax, Sheldon Brown-tenor sax, Patrick Wolff-tenor sax, Tom Griesser-baritone sax, Marty Wehner-trombone, Rob Ewing-trombone, Darren Johnston-trumpet, Lisa Mezzacappa-acoustic bass, Vicky Grossi-electric bass, Vijay Anderson-drums, Nancy Clarke-voice, John Schott-voice, John Finkbeiner-voice, Graham Connah-piano
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