MELODIC MASTERYAs part of his 2013-14 touring season, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny is presenting MELODIC MASTERY, a series of jazz improvisation workshops 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 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.
Peninsula College, Port Angeles WA 7/16/13With 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.
American River College, Sacramento CA 9/26/13
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.
ABOUT DMITRICelebrated 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.
Matheny has served as Director of Education and Director of Development for SFJAZZ (the largest nonprofit jazz presenter on the West Coast), Assistant Education Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Colony, and Artist-In-Residence for the Siskiyou Institute of Ashland, Oregon and the Young Musicians Program of UC Berkeley.
Dmitri has presented clinics, workshops and master classes at the following institutions:
Alan Jones Academy of Music | Portland OR
American Music Program | Portland OR
Battle Ground High School* | Battle Ground WA
Berklee College of Music | Boston MA
Berkley High School* | Berkley MI
Brookstone School | Columbus GA
Cabrillo College | Aptos CA
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)* | Valencia CA
Caro High School* | Caro MI
Cholla High School* | Tucson AZ
City College of San Francisco | San Francisco CA
College of San Mateo Jazz Festival* | San Mateo CA
Community Music School | San Francisco CA
Cranbrook Schools* | Bloomfield Hills MI
Dartmouth College | Hanover NH
Dearborn High School* | Dearborn MI
Dow High School* | Midland MI
Eastern Oregon University* | La Grande OR
Escanaba High School* | Escanaba MI
Harvard University | Cambridge MA
Hillsdale College* | Hillsdale MI
Interlochen Arts Academy | Interlochen MI
Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington | Mesa AZ
The Jazzschool | Berkeley CA
King Edward's School | Witley England
Lincoln High School* | Portland OR
Linden High School* | Linden MI
Loyola University | New Orleans LA
Medler Studios | Portland OR
New England Conservatory | Boston MA
Northern Arizona University | Flagstaff AZ
Northland Preparatory Academy | Flagstaff AZ
Nueva School | Hillsborough CA
Peninsula College | Port Angeles WA
Portland State University | Portland OR
Prescott Jazz Society | Prescott AZ
Rio Rico High School | Rio Rico AZ
Rotterdam Conservatory | Rotterdam Netherlands
San Francisco State University | San Francisco CA
San Francisco Unified School District (over 500 visits) | San Francisco CA
South Medford High School | Medford OR
Southern Oregon University | Ashland OR
South Mountain College* | Phoenix AZ
Stanford Jazz Workshop | Stanford CA
Telluride Jazz Celebration | Telluride CO
Traverse City West High School* | Traverse City MI
University High School | San Francisco CA
University of Arizona | Tucson AZ
University of California | Berkeley CA
University of California | Davis CA
University of California | Monterey Bay CA
University of California | San Francisco CA
University of California | Santa Barbara CA
University of California | Santa Cruz CA
University of California | Los Angeles CA
University Prep | Seattle WA
Western Oregon University* | Monmouth OR
*Workshop scheduled for 2013-14.
Dmitri Matheny's Melodic Mastery workshop was overwhelmingly well-received by students of all skill levels. He presented the material in ways that challenged students to commit to the music and develop as creative improvisers. Dmitri is a first-rate teaching artist and any student of jazz or music in general would benefit from his workshops.