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Anton Schwartz Workshops - February 10, 2018


Anton Schwartz Workshops

Saturday, February 10, 2018- Two Workshops:

10:00 am - 12:30 pm - Expanding Our  Rhythmic Freedom

How many of us feel trapped by our own rhythmic habits when we improvise? Our rhythmic ideas fit neatly into the measures like nicely stacked boxes. We know our playing could be much freer and more exciting, but we just can’t seem to find a path to get there. Perhaps we’ve tried to introduce polyrhythms into our playing but find that things fall apart when attempt them. In this workshop we’ll explore polyrhythmic elements, and learn to assimilate them in an incremental process, whereby we can avoid the “brain meltdown” that can come from attempting a new polyrhythm all at once. The result is a rhythmic concept that is both freer and more solid.
Bring your instrument (optional)

1:30 - 4:00 pm - Improvising on Green Dolphin Street

This workshop delves deeply into ​classic jazz standard by Bronisław Kaper. We examine the song's harmony in ways that will directly help us improvise over it, discussing the chord progression on both a micro level (how each chord leads to the next) and a big-picture level (how they all work together to form a coherent song). Suggestions are given for ways to mentally simplify the song's structure, as well as a variety of neat harmonic tricks to embellish to the chord changes. Students optionally improvise over the song and are critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic harmony​ and some experience improvising.
Bring your instrument (optional).