Fusion Repertoire Development and Application

ILPD-339
Credits: 
1
Prerequisites: 
Overall ensemble rating 3
Electable by: 
All percussion principals
Required of: 
None
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Location: 
Boston Campus
Courses may not be offered at the listed location(s) each semester. Consult my.berklee.edu for specific term availability.

In this course students are introduced to the concept of fusion drumming. Utilizing recordings from bands like Weather Report, Return to Forever, The Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and The Tony Williams Lifetime, students gain familiarity with the concept of fusion and how they can apply it practically. The course also uses examples from current groups like Robert Glasper, Brotherly, and Snarky Puppy.  Additionally, there are specific feels, mechanics, and rhythmic concepts that are introduced, aimed at providing students with the tools to play fusion music. Examples of contemporary funk, 6/8, 3/4, odd times, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian are utilized to construct the foundation necessary to play fusion.  

Department: 
PERC
Course chair: 
Yoron Israel