The Inside of Out: Atonal and Polytonal Techniques for the 21st Century Guitarist

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Friday / November 9, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

This clinic will demonstrate the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques including the use of diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales as well as improvisation and composition with the cycle of fifths/fourths and the mother chord on the guitar.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" as well as being one of "Boston's best composers,” Norman Zocher is a long-time Berklee College of Music guitar professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He was the youngest faculty member at both schools at the time of his hiring. Zocher has performed and recorded a broad range of artists including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, John Medeski, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding, Bob Moses, Paul Bley, and Dave Holland. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and a composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci, and Joey Calderazzo. He is a resident composer and guitarist 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, commissioned by String Department faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee, was featured in Strings magazine and had its New York premier at the New York Chamber Music Festival and its European premier at the Albert Roussel Festival in France this fall on tour with former Metropolitan Opera Concert Master Elmira Darvarova.

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