Paquito D'Rivera/Berklee Latin Music Program
Paquito D’Rivera, a groundbreaking crossover artist who merges jazz and Latin music and has won 12 Grammy Awards, joins some of the world’s leading Latin jazz instrumentalists and educators to teach you the history, rhythms, and techniques of this high-energy genre. Travel the world and delve into a wide variety of musical styles, including salsa, samba, cha cha cha, bossa nova, and mambo. Learn directly from the masters and collaborate with other students in ensemble, lab, and group lesson settings.
|Program length:||Five days|
|Program dates:||Monday, July 6, 2015, to Friday, July 10, 2015|
|Age range:||15 years and older
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. to 10:00 p.m.
Ensembles—All students will perform a variety of Latin music styles, including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, South American, and Caribbean genres.
Lectures—Lectures 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 sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday)—Students will be able to choose from a variety of Latin styles from which to jam: Cuban, Brazilian, South American, Caribbean, etc.
Concert—Performance by Paquito D’ Rivera Sextet (Monday only)
About the Instructors
All classes and ensembles will be taught by members of Berklee's faculty, as well as by visiting artists.
Artistic director Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of 12 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, with the same orchestra, by notable Cuban composers. 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 Award (1979). Learn more.
Academic director Oscar Stagnaro
Hailing from Peru, Oscar Stagnaro studied at the Conservatory of Music in Lima while working extensively as a first-call sessions musician and live performer for many international artists and local bands. He moved to the U.S. in 1979, where he continued his studies with pianist/educator Mike Marra, and jazz great Jerry Bergonzi. Since then, Stagnaro has become one of the most in-demand performers on the East Coast. His mastery of different music styles, including jazz, fusion, Latin, Brazilian, and South American music, has allowed him to travel the world performing with a virtual who's-who in the Latin and jazz worlds. Learn more...