November 3, 2013
Think you know how your woodwind instrument works? Think again! This workshop explores the physical aspects of how saxophones and other woodwinds create the sounds that they do, with practical applications for players. Topics include: modes of vibration; size and placement of tone holes; the physics of register keys and overtones; false fingerings; how altissimo works; and the role of the airstream. Students may try various techniques such as growling, false fingerings, harmonics and glissando, and discuss them in light of the physics of the instrument. Bring your instrument and your curiosity!
This workshop for woodwind players explores how to make your phrases swing from a technical standpoint. Anton Schwartz presents different flavors of swinging, from down and dirty to light and nimble, and considers the various tools used to create them: rhythmic variation, accents, articulations and inflections. Participants listen to recorded examples and live demonstrations, and apply the ideas on their instruments. Also open to flutists and clarinetists. Bring your instrument (optional).
“Schwartz has everything you want to hear in a modern jazz saxophonist — an appealing, consistent tone, an abundance of ideas fueling both his compositions and his improvisations, and superb taste in musical collaborators.” — San Francisco Bay Guardian
Picking up where the 5/4 workshop left off, this session focuses on the art (and funk) of playing in 7/4 time with examples from a variety of modern composers.
Steeped in the heritage of jazz improvisation, this Bay Area guitar trio performs an evening of mostly original music by Dynes as well as their interpretations of jazz standards. Dynes, de Ryss and O’Mahony draw on influences ranging from rock to classical to pop music. These three unique personalities foster a conversational interplay that is both thoughtful and energetic.