Dmitri Matheny "Melodic Mastery" Jazz Improvisation Clinic

Sunday, June 09, 2013

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2:00 PM
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The Jazzschool
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Dmitri Matheny Melodic Mastery Workshop

The JazzSchool
2087 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 
United States
Tickets: $30 

2:00 to 4:00 pm

Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny presents MELODIC MASTERY, a jazz improvisation workshop for aspiring musicians of all ages.

Based on the teachings of his mentor, jazz legend Art Farmer, Matheny advocates a lyrical, melodic approach to 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 two-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, tone, timbre 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 jazz legend 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 and releasing nine critically acclaimed CDs.


Founded in 1997, The Jazzschool is an innovative music school dedicated to the study and performance of America's indigenous art form ' jazz, and related styles of music from around the world. Located in the historic Kress Building on the northwest corner of Shattuck Avenue and Addison street, The Jazzschool is conveniently situated in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District.

Berkeley, CA