Latin Jazz

Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 25, 2014 – on UVM campus
Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 9, 2014 – online

 

 

This summer, explore the cultural history and performance practices of Latin Jazz with some of the hottest professionals in the field. This weeklong intensive features ensemble-in-residence, Jazzismo, with pianist/composer/bandleader Arturo O’Farrill

Program Description

This intensive 3-credit course combines a classroom experience with hands-on performance for both experienced musicians and novices. Dubbed “la combinacion perfecta,” Latin Jazz fuses the sophisticated harmonies, melodies, and improvisations of North American jazz with the complex rhythms and chordal vamps of the Afro-Caribbean. After studying its roots in Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, and Brazilian traditions, this course examines the influence of Latin dance music on the popular music of the United States. Latin Jazz is explored from its inception in New York City during the 1940s to the present. The 3 – credit course fulfills the D-1 requirement.

UVM Summer University and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts/FlynnArts offer a unique opportunity to explore Latin Jazz through both class work and performance:

Explore the culture and music of Latin Jazz through this course that combines classroom study with performance and is open to both experienced musicians and novices. Dubbed “la combinacion perfecta” Latin Jazz fuses the sophisticated harmonies, melodies, and improvisations of North American jazz with the complex rhythms and chordal vamps of the Afro-Caribbean.

The first week, students will study Latin Jazz roots in Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, and Brazilian traditions, and examine the influence of Latin dance music on the popular music of the United States. Latin Jazz is explored from its inception in New York City during the 1940s to the present.

The second week is led by special guest artist Arturo O’Farrill, who is one of the most respected performers in Latin Jazz today. There will be hands-on workshops and rehearsals in ensemble playing and hand percussion. Small ensembles will be led by other members of the Jazz Faculty as well. The class culminates in a performance on the final day.

Some reading is required prior to the first day of class. Students may be asked to attend some evening performances.
Interested in JUST the intensive performance week? Students who are not seeking credit and wish to only attend the performance week (July 21 -25) may register through the FlynnArts by visiting their website at http://www.flynncenter.org/

Students may choose one of the following performance workshops:

  • Latin Jazz Performance Ensembles: Big Band and Combos (some experience with an instrument necessary)
  • Latin Jazz Hand Percussion Workshop (no experience necessary)

The full, four week session is available for 3 Credits through the University of Vermont, and fulfills Fine Arts and Diversity 1 requirements for UVM Students.

Available for non-credit (week 2 only) through the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts