Keyboardist and composer Jovino Santos Neto will present an alternative to the traditional scale-oriented approach to improvisation in contemporary music. Using a concept originated by the composer's musical mentor, the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal, Neto will show participants how to employ simple triad-based motives to create elaborate and harmonically sophisticated melodies, taking advantage of the harmonic potential of each chord. This discovery usually introduces a sense of musical freedom, allowing one to think simply while performing complex musical ideas.
Jim Stinnert will teach the fundamentals of learning to read music for the bass. He will outline and define the three levels of reading practice, and students will demonstrate each stage. Topics will include: hand position, fingering, appropriate reading material, sight reading, muscle memory, visual recognition, and practice strategies.
Join us for an afternoon with Carolina Arenas, director of Latin Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI. Arenas has previously worked as membership coordinator at the Latin Recording Academy, strategic marketing director at Fonovisa & Disa, and senior product manager for artist and repertoire at Machete Music (Universal Music). Arenas will share her experience with the Berklee community and give advice to artists on how to be successful in the Latin music industry.
This event is sponsored by Berklee International Programs and organized by Latin music studies advisor Oscar Stagnaro and Marco Flores of the Latin American Music Business Association (LAMBA).
David Fiuczynski's FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies, J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats, and traditional Chinese, Indian, and Turkish melodic and rhythmic elements. At the concert, audience members will see various birds on a video screen, hear their bird calls, and listen as those sounds are interwoven into the music. Professor Fiuczynski will demonstrate how microtonal bird calls can be organized into microtonal chord scales for soloing, comping, and composition.