Beyond Scales and Modes: A New Approach to Improvisation

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Monday / April 7, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

Keyboardist and composer Jovino Santos Neto will present an alternative to the traditional scale-oriented approach to improvisation in contemporary music. Using a concept originated by the composer's musical mentor, the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal, Neto will show participants how to employ simple triad-based motives to create elaborate and harmonically sophisticated melodies, taking advantage of the harmonic potential of each chord. This discovery usually introduces a sense of musical freedom, allowing one to think simply while performing complex musical ideas.