Beyond Scales and Modes: A New Approach to Improvisation
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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.