Often, some musicians don’t feel comfortable starting the process of improvisation. This clinic by Tino D’Agostino ‘96, open to everyone, will present some easy and fun ideas on how to get started. Sponsored by Epifani Amplifiers, DR Strings, and F-Clef Bass, the clinic will use some well-known tunes to help musicians begin wading into the waters of improvisation. D’Agostino (bass) will be joined by Berklee assistant professor of percussion Sergio Bellotti.
Born in Salerno, Italy, Tino D’Agostino was named best bass player at the 1995 Umbria Jazz Festival. His publications include Get a Move On: A Gradual Approach to Walking Bass Lines and numerous articles in Bass Guitar magazine. D’Agostino is a faculty member of the Berklee College of Music Sumer Program, director of instrumental music at Arlington High School, and the founder/director of Musica Vesuviana, a summer music festival for high school singers and instrumentalists held in Salerno, Italy. He also teaches jazz improvisation at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He has delivered lectures at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference and the American String Teachers Association Conference. D’Agostino performs regularly with Spajazzy, the band he co-founded with Bellotti, and he has performed or recorded with many distinguished musicians, including Andrea Bocelli, Bruce Gertz, Steve Hunt, and Mike Stern.