Based on the teachings of his mentor and jazz icon Art Farmer, trumpeter Dmitri Matheny presents a lyrical, melodic approach to jazz improvisation. He explores the mental processes that take place while playing a jazz solo and the skills required for true improvisation. With an emphasis on deep listening and jazz-as-conversation, the workshop outlines the elements of music from the soloist’s perspective (melody, harmony, rhythm, tone, timbre and form), and why the melody should be your guide when improvising. Matheny explains how to spontaneously create your own melodies and develop them in real time through a series of simple or complex harmonic changes. He provides recorded examples, demonstrates specific techniques on his horn, and shares relevant anecdotes, while discussing the importance of your own personal sound. For all improvisers.
Recognized for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, Dmitri Matheny has been hailed as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). Emerging in the 1990s as a protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (SF Chronicle), touring internationally and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums. He is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the Berklee College of Music.