Acclaimed Los Angeles jazz harpist Lori Andrews and Bart Samolis will present a clinic about improvisation, marketing and branding, promotion, and recording. They will work with the Berklee harpists and their rhythm section. All are welcome!
With the release of her eighth album, After Hours, rising rapidly on the jazz charts, Lori Andrews continues to push the boundaries of what the harp can do, bridging the gap between traditionalism and contemporary jazz. She has become a mainstay of the international festival circuit, wowing audiences with performances and interviews. A past winner of the Jazziz readers' poll as Best Jazz Harpist, Andrews and her quartet have been featured at the Playboy, Long Beach, and Sacramento jazz festivals as well as performing for presidents Clinton and Ford and the king and queen of Spain. In addition, her unique style has been heard for years with artists such as Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard, Michael Paulo, and Mary Mary. When most people think about a harp, they think of music that's heavenly and classical. Andrews has shattered that notion as she has become one of the best jazz harpists in the world.
Bart Samolis is a successful session and touring artist who has performed and recorded with various jazz and contemporary acts including Free Flight, Rod Stewart, Eric Marienthal, Michael Bolton, the Fifth Dimension and many others. Playing fretted, fretless, upright, and orchestra basses, he can be seen and heard worldwide in all media as well as in live performances. His movie credits include Dreamgirls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Ocean's Eleven, Driving in Cars with Boys, and many others. Samolis has also recorded cues for many television shows including Party of Five, Dawson's Creek, The Practice, and Murder, She Wrote. His commercials include IBM, Jenny Craig, Verizon, Nissan, Mazda, and ABC, to name a few. A well-rounded composer and bassist, Samolis has also performed with the local symphony. His forte is constantly searching for a new approach to his instrument. As a result, he has developed a unique voice in the music world today, one that's evident in his recordings and even more dynamic in his live performances.