Neil Olmstead Clinic: Healthy Technique for the Jazz Pianist: Alignment in Motion

Monday / November 1, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Jazz pianists are constantly seeking new harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic vocabulary in order to find a creative pulse in each tune and improvisation. Unlike classical pianists, who refine their physical movements to play a fixed set of notes, the jazz pianist creates ideas to be played spontaneously. As the exploratory creative process is prioritized the physical technique often becomes secondary.

Piano professor Neil Olmstead will perform and then present underlying principles of alignment, motion, and support inherent in piano technique. Handouts will offer specific exercises jazz players can use to assist in their technical development as they explore creative improvisational material. Participants will learn aspects of misalignment and misuse of weight that can lead to instrument-related injury.