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January 25, 2015

INTRO TO FLAMENCO STYLE: SOLEA, FANDANGO & ALEGRIAS with Alex Conde Part 2

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: January 25, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

NEW! INTRO TO DRUM RUDIMENTS with Lorca Hart

Lorca Hart • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Lorca Hart SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2 PM

This workshop explores some of the basic but essential rudiments used in many styles of drumming. Topics include: how to use rudiments to enhance overall technique and control, reading and playing through short snare drum pieces, introduction to the legendary Alan Dawson rudiment workout (the “Rudimental Ritual”), and applying rudiments to the drum set. Open to all! Please bring a pair of sticks.

Drummer Lorca Hart has performed with a wide range of top jazz musicians including Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Kyle Eastwood, Herman Riley, Azar Lawrence, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson,John Heard, Danny Grissett, Justo Almario,Bennie Maupin, Phil Ranelin, Dave Pike, Don Menza, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Rodriguez,the Clayton Brothers, and Anthony Wilson.

Start: January 25, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

ADVANCED RHYTHMIC CONCEPTS with Marko Djordjevic, Julian Pollack and David Ewell

Marko Djordjevic SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 11:30 AM

New York-based drummer Marko Djordjevic and his trio present an engaging workshop covering odd meters, polyrhythms, uncommon rhythmic structures and their relationship to composition and improvisation. Topics related to group interaction and improvising within the ensemble context will also be explored.

Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke says: “Marko is one of the greatest drummers out there. He possesses incredible technique, and a musical mind to match it! I love playing with him because he is so creative and unique”! Marko is an A level endorser of DDRUM, Zildjian, Evans and Vic Firth and has been featured as a soloist and clinician at many of the world’s top music events (PASIC, Music Messe, Montreal Drum Fest, NAMM, Music Fest Canada, Jazz Yatra India) and some of the most prominent contemporary music schools (Berklee College of Music, Drummers Collective, MIT, Modern Music in Greece, L’aula in Spain, etc). Alfred Publishing is the exclusive worldwide distributor of his critically acclaimed DVD Where I Come From — A Fresh Approach To Drumming and book The New Frontier.

Start: January 25, 2015 11:30 am
End: January 25, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: Jazzschool
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

January 24, 2015

SOURCES OF JAZZ VIOLIN with Julian Smedley

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Source of Jazz Violin SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 11 AM

The first in a series of 5 unique MasterClass/Workshops. Designed to bring bowed string players and aficionados face-to-face with the finest and most stylistically varied jazz violinists available. All master classes will include demonstrations and improvisational sessions aimed at the interests and abilities of the attendees. Students should bring a bowed stringed instrument if they wish to play. Others can listen and participate in discussions about the Violin in Jazz. Each Master Class/Workshop will have a focus. This session with Julian will keep in mind the “Sources for Jazz Violin,” looking at Folk, Blues, Classical and Popular Music as sources from which jazz and improvisation on the violin emerged. Common techniques, harmony and style, emerging from these sources might well be topics.

Julian Smedley will also be in concert with Sylvia Herold on Friday, January 23 at Point Richmond Jazz.

Please note: This workshop will be held at Point Richmond Jazz, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond 94801.

Julian Smedley: Julian has enjoyed a long and highly accomplished career as a professional musician starting with singing as a choirboy in his native England. As a violinist he performed regularly on the BBC, and he co-founded the Bowles Brothers Band, which recorded on Decca Records. Since moving to the West Coast of the US he has performed with such artists as Art Lande, Ralph Towner, Gary Peacock and Gil Evans and he was a member of the Bay Area’s Hot Club of San Francisco. Julian recentlymoved to the Seattle area, where he continues to perform and is in demand as an educator and musician. debutones.com

Start: January 24, 2015 11:00 am
End: January 24, 2015 1:00 pm
Venue: Point Richmond Jazz
Phone: 510-237-5551
Address:
201 Martina St, Point Richmond, CA, 94801, United States

January 18, 2015

THE NEXT LEVEL with Hans Glawischnig

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Hans Glawischnig SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2 PM

The Jazzschool is very pleased to host this special workshop with New York bassist Hans Glawischnig. Having developed his musical concept over the past two decades collaborating with a wide range of musicians including Chick Corea, Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Ray Barretto, Bobby Watson and many others, Hans enjoys working with students of all levels and will share information pertaining to general musicianship (technique, ear training, listening), practicing techniques, improvisation, sight reading and a range of additional important topics. Questions and discussion welcome! For all instruments. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their instrument to join in.

Start: January 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

INTRO TO FLAMENCO STYLE: SOLEA, FANDANGO & ALEGRIAS with Alex Conde

Louis Armstrong• SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM

Alex Conde SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18, 25, & FEBRUARY 8, 2 PM

An in-depth exploration of some of the most popular flamenco music “palos.” Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning the fundamentals of flamenco style. Learn some of the exotic chord voicings and rhythms to expand your musical vocabulary, in the tradition of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and many other jazz musicians who have drawn inspiration from this rich musical heritage. Material is explained with written examples in both piano score and lead sheet format.

Virtuoso pianist Alex Conde graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and has extensive international performance and teaching experience in jazz and flamenco styles.

Start: January 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

NEW MODALITIES IN JAZZ COMPOSITION
with Jason Levis – Part 1

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Jason Levis SUNDAYS, JANUARY 18 & FEBRUARY 1, 11:30 AM*

This two-part lecture series focuses on strategies to expand your approach to jazz composition and improvisation by utilizing techniques from 21st Century classical composition, including orchestration techniques of the French spectralists, heterophonic practices of the post-war avant-garde, layering principles in new complexity, and extended techniques in musique concrète instrumentale.

PART ONE explores approaches to modal jazz using techniques from French spectralism. Employing simple tools such as instrumentation, register, and dynamics, we explore ways of varying timbre and harmonic color while retaining harmonic function. We also look at how this can be reflected in structures used for improvisation.

PART TWO discusses the use of counterpoint in modern jazz. We begin with a brief introduction to the basic principles of counterpoint and review examples from jazz repertoire by composers like Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Utilizing tools such as rhythmic independence, heterophony, and linear melodic layering, we explore ways to extend ensemble interplay in both written and improvised contexts.

Sundays, January 18 and February 1
11:30am – 1:30pm
$60 advance • $75 day of workshop

Jason Levis holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Music, Naropa University. He has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over twodozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

Start: January 18, 2015 11:30 am
End: January 18, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

December 14, 2014

POLYRHYTHMS WITHIN THE HARMONIC SERIES with Nick de Ryss

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Polyrhythms Within the Harmonic Series SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2 PM

This workshop focuses on analyzing polyrhythms following an analogy to harmonic intervals. Attendees learn the “math” behind the harmonic series, and its polyrhythmic equivalent, and are provided with tools to gain a deep understanding of polyrhythmic concepts. Discussion topics include: the polyrhythms 3:4, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, as well as practice methods and tips.

Prerequisites: Some experience with drum/percussion technique and polyrhythms is recommended.

Nick de Ryss is a senior at the California Jazz Conservatory.

This workshop is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.

Start: December 14, 2014 2:00 pm
End: December 14, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

December 7, 2014

SECRETS OF GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR with Paul Mehling

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Paul Mehling SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2 PM

This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions!

Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.

Start: December 7, 2014 2:00 pm
End: December 7, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE METRONOME IS YOUR FRIEND with Paul Mehling

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Paul Mehling SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 11:30 AM

Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.

 

Start: December 7, 2014 11:30 am
End: December 7, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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