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.
An evening of original music and arrangements presented by guitarist Tom Patitucci with Sam Bevan on bass and Bryan Bowman on drums.
Tom Patitucci got his first guitar at the age of 10, and began playing folk and blues music. One day, his grandfather brought over a cardboard box full of jazz records that he found next to a neighbor’s garbage pail. Tom and his brother (Grammy award winning bassist and composer John Patitucci) listened to these recordings, absorbing the sounds of Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and other jazz greats. By the time he was 14, Tom was playing in local bands and had already begun composing both songs and instrumental music. He received a degree in classical guitar performance from Cal State Hayward in 1978. Tom has taught many private students over the years, his brother being the first and most famous. He has been a clinician and performer at the annual Panama Jazz Festival since 2010. Tom has recorded and/or played live with John Patitucci, Michael Brecker, Paul Motian, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright and many others. In June of 2013, he released a jazz trio recording, “Unity Gained” which features John Patitucci and Rudy Royston.