April 13, 2014
Jazz musicians use many different strategies to create melodic lines in soloing — chord notes, diatonic and chromatic passing tones, neighbor tones, patterns based on scales or modes, upper structure triads, other intervallic constructions, playing in the key, pentatonic and other more exotic scales. Debbie Poryes provides an overview with examples of these concepts as possible. Open to all, basic knowledge of jazz theory recommended.
Pianist Debbie Poryes has performed at Yoshi’s, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and various venues in Europe. She has released several albums as a leader, with over 30 years of experience teaching privately and at conservatories in the U.S. and Europe.
Give your audience more than just songs and technique! Discover the things that can help you deliver great performances with confidence in auditions, showcases, recording sessions and on video. Learn how these elements will keep your audience connected and engaged, creating moments that resonate with them long after the performance. Students will participate and perform with a professional accompanist. Vocalists should bring one lead sheet in your key. Instrumentalists, please bring your instrument and one lead sheet (with lyrics, if applicable) of the song you will play. Come ready to try new things in a fun, supportive setting! Open to all levels.
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee tours internationally playing to sold-out houses and garnering rave reviews. Besides her engagements as a leader, she has worked with artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut and Ken Peplowski. Clairdee has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and the late Etta James.
Learn how to practice improvisation in a non-genre specific context, alone and in groups, and how to apply those concepts to other idioms. Seattle-based duo Syrinx Effect (Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel) leads off this workshop with a demonstration of techniques and concepts (developing strong motives, introducing contrasting elements and creating an arc within a solo improvisation). Additional topics include effective beginnings and endings and “rules” for interaction, borrowed loosely from Tibetan Buddhist ideas. Prerequisites: at least 1-2 years of dedicated study and basic mastery on your instrument. Bring your instrument.
Naomi Siegel is an educator who performs and records with an array of ensembles including her own projects. She studied jazz trombone at Oberlin Conservatory, and received the 2013 Golden Ear Award from Earshot Jazz for Emerging Artist of the Year. Kate Olson is a saxophonist and woodwind teacher who specializes in free improvisation and electronics.
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April 19, 2014
One of the challenges many musicians encounter in improvisation is in learning how to free up their rhythmic phrasing. This workshop is focused on concepts and exercises to help you move beyond the usual tendencies in 4/4 and 3/4 time, through the study of polyrhythm and polymeter. Written examples will be provided of various rhythmic patterns (with an emphasis on learning how to count them), and how to superimpose patterns over the most common meters and forms. This ear training is essential to develop recognition and comfort within the advanced rhythmic environment of modern music — and ultimately, will enable new levels of expression and interaction in any musical context. Examples will be shown on drum set, but all musicians who want to develop their rhythmic sense are welcome!
Jon Arkin has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians since receiving his degree from the University of Miami. Credits include Julian Lage, Wil Blades, Dayna Stephens and others.
April 27, 2014
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on bongos and cowbell. Danilo Paiz demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their own bongo.
Danilo Paiz is a master percussionist who honed his skills with Latin jazz legends like Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Cal Tjader and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed in the Bay Area and beyond for several decades playing percussion, drums and guitar, as well as singing and appearing with his band, Orquesta Universal.
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on conga drums. Instructor demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing.
Transcribing music from recordings is an essential practice with many benefits for aspiring musicians. In this workshop, students are introduced both to traditional transcription techniques as well as the various notation and playback computer programs now available. Instructor demonstrates techniques using Sibelius notation software and Transcribe!, an inexpensive software program which allows you to loop and adjust the speed and EQ of selected recordings for transcription purposes.
Bay Area pianist Bob Karty is well known for his work with several top Brazilian and Latin jazz musicians including Ray Obiedo and Pete Escovedo. He is a founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición and teaches jazz and salsa piano.