The Fast, the Out, and the II V I: Tonal, Polytonal, and Atonal Techniques for All Guitarists

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Wednesday / November 20, 2019 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States
Norman Zocher
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Using modern jazz, fusion, progressive metal, and rock, this clinic will focus on striking a balance between in and out playing over grooves and II Vs through the application of many tonal, polytonal, and atonal techniques, including the use of super arpeggios, tetrachords, double pentatonics, double harmonic minor, and diminished and augmented scales, as well as improvisation with the cycle of fifths and the Mother Chord on guitar.

The clinic will be led by Norman Zocher, a professor in Berklee’s Guitar Department. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Zocher has performed or recorded with a broad range of artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Maria Schneider, John Medeski, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Oliver Lake.

He is a guitarist and composer for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, where he writes, performs, and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, Rock Ethic, was featured in Strings Magazine and has been performed around the globe.

Described by the Boston Globe as a “fast-rising star of pedal steel,” Zocher has accomplished many firsts on the instrument, including being the only person to perform John Coltrane’s 26.2 on pedal steel guitar as well as performing the world premiere of Giant Steps on the E9 neck in a duo with bass legend Cecil McBee.