10:00am - 12:00pm - Melodic Mastery: Secrets of Lyrical Improvisation
Based on the teachings of his mentor, jazz legend Art Farmer, Dmitri Matheny advocates a lyrical, melodic approach to jazz which stands in stark contrast to the chord scale and pattern-based methods currently in vogue. In this workshop, we will explore 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, we will discuss the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, form) from the soloist’s perspective, why the melody should be your guide, and how to spontaneously create your own melodies and develop them in real time through a series of simple or complex harmonic changes.
1:00 - 3:00pm - Finding Your Voice: How to Develop Your Own Sound and Style
Every musician, from beginner to seasoned professional, aspires to create his or her own unique musical identity. The path to self-expression can be a daunting, solitary, life-long journey. This workshop offers a road map — and more than a few short cuts — to help you find your way. Together we will explore the concepts of intuition, authenticity and originality, and remaining true to ourselves while emulating our musical heroes. We’ll discuss recent discoveries about music and the brain, and how to make the most of our own individual backgrounds and passions. We’ll discuss how best to share our gifts, turning weaknesses into strengths and challenges into opportunities. Finally, we will learn proven methods of deep listening and concentrated practice handed down by the masters of jazz.