Paquito D'Rivera/Berklee Latin Jazz Program
July 7-10, 2014
What’s the program like?
Learn from Paquito D'Rivera and some of the world’s leading Latin music musicians and educators. You’ll explore in depth a wide variety of Latin music styles, including a wide variety of Afro Centric music styles. You’ll play in ensembles, labs, and group lessons, developing improvisational and reading skills.
What's the schedule?
Classes during the week generally run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and clinics and concerts take place in the late afternoon and evening. Jam sessions run from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
ClassesEnsembles: All students will perform a variety of Latin music styles, including: Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, South American, and other Caribbean genres. will focus on the fundamentals of developing an understanding of the Latin music styles. Subjects include history, theory, and repertoire Paquito Clinics: Monday - clarinet; Tuesday - composition; Wednesday - study discipline Jam Session (Tuesday and Wednesday): Students will be able to choose from a variety of Latin styles from which to jam: Cuban, Brazilian, Sout American, Caribbean, etc. Concert: Performance by Paquito D’ Rivera Sextet (Monday only)
Who are the instructors?
Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of 11 Grammy Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He eventually went on to premiere several works by notable Cuban composers with the same orchestra. Additionally, he was a founding member and codirector of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Cuban music never before heard, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe, earned several Grammy nominations (1979, 1980) and a Grammy (1979). Learn more..
He is known for his long tenure as a drummer, percussionist, and composer with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Oregon, Paquito D’Rivera, Andy Narell, Dave Samuels, Caribbean Jazz Project, Michel Camilo, Lyle Mays, and many more.
Walker is one of the first drummers to apply a wide variety of authentic South American and Caribbean styles to a jazz context. He is also one of the first to teach these styles at Berklee College of Music, where he has been a professor since 2001.
He recently developed his own online lesson membership site, markwalkerlessons.com, and has conducted clinics and workshops worldwide. He is the author of the critically acclaimed instructional book, World Jazz Drumming (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard).
Urcola's musical studies began at the age of 9, in the Music Department of the Colegio Ward, where his father Ruben served as director. He continued his studies and in 1988 he received the title of Profesor Nacional de Música from the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica. Subsequently, having received a scholarship to study abroad, the trumpeter and flugelhorn player moved to Boston where he attended Berklee College of Music. In 1990 he received his diploma with an emphasis in jazz performance. Less than a year later, he made the jump to New York, where he established himself as one of the truly gifted and versatile young artists. He has never looked back. As noted, his affiliation with D'Rivera's various projects began almost upon arrival. He also began working with a number of other well‑known artists. In the mid 1990s he toured with Slide Hampton, the great trombonist and arranger, in a group the bandleader referred to as “The Jazz Masters.” Urcola toured extensively with the United Nations Orchestra under the leadership of D’Rivera after Dizzy Gillespie’s death. Learn more...
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