This workshop covers ways to derive and develop extensive compositional and improvisational language from simple melodic themes. Concepts to be discussed include advanced modal harmonies, positive and negative harmony, numerology, tonal magnetism, melodic contour/shape, serialist techniques such as retrograde, inversion and chromatic and diatonic “spirals.” Additionally, students dissect original compositions of the instructor’s and others, considering the questions: where does the melody originate, how is it developed and where can it go? An informational packet out-lining these concepts will be distributed.
New York City-based trumpeter Billy Buss received a B.A. from the Berklee College of Music and a M.M. from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.