The Music of Art Blakey
The Art Blakey Ensemble will study and perform the music of Art Blakey. In this course, students participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students gain experience in performing, transcribing, and intensive listening. Emphasis is given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. The course includes in-depth study of motivic development, extended techniques, textural techniques, group communication, and form creation in the context of improvisation. Throughout the semester, the focus is on stylistic integrity, integration of electronics, group interaction, and melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic creativity. The culmination of this work is the end of semester concert.