Melodic Mastery: A Jazz Workshop with Dmitri Matheny

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ticket Information

$15 from Alan Jones Academy of Music 503-544-1504

6:00 PM
Event Type
Other Events
Event Contact
Alan Jones
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6:00 to 7:00 PM, followed by Q & A

"Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops, but it's his warmth and soulfulness that win you over." —All Music Guide

In association with his quintet appearance at Ivories Jazz Lounge, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny will present a jazz improvisation workshop for aspiring musicians of all ages on Tuesday, December 4 at the Alan Jones Academy of Music.

Based on the teachings of his mentor, jazz legend Art Farmer, Matheny advocates a lyrical, melodic approach to modern jazz which stands in stark contrast to the chord scale and pattern-based methods currently in vogue.

"Your solo is an opportunity to express something entirely new and profoundly personal," Matheny says. "Create your own melody. Tell your own story. Sing your own song. This is no time for plugging in recycled, memorized material."

In this one-hour workshop, presented in three parts, Matheny explores the mental processes that take place while playing a jazz solo and the skills required for true improvisation.

With an emphasis on deep listening and jazz-as-conversation, part one of the workshop outlines the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm and form) from the soloist's perspective, and why the melody should be your guide when improvising.

In part two, Matheny explains how to spontaneously create your own melodies and develop them in real time through a series of simple or complex harmonic changes. He provides recorded examples, demonstrates specific techniques on his horn, and shares relevant anecdotes from his professional career and years of tutelage under Art Farmer.

In part three, Matheny discusses the importance of developing your own personal sound and style of playing, and offers some practical advice to keep in mind on your journey.

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as "the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione" (San Jose Mercury News). Matheny is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the Berklee College of Music, Boston. First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players" (SF Chronicle), touring internationally, performing with many of the leading names in jazz, and releasing nine critically acclaimed CDs.

Speakers / Participants
Dmitri Matheny

A workshop for aspiring musicians of all ages.

Alan Jones Academy of Music
1223 SW 16th Ave
Portland, OR