Jazz Harmony and Rhythm workshop
Masterclass in Jazz Harmony and Rhythm workshop given by the Lebanese pianist and composer Tarek Yamani.
About the workshop:
The workshop will cover the 2 cores of jazz improvisation: Rhythm and Harmony.
The rhythm element will be approached by:
– Giving deep insights into the underlying structure of jazz, and other groove-based styles such as Brazilian, Cuban and Funk.
– Clearly identifying rhythmic relationships between today’s Jazz and its African ancestor.
– Enhancing rhythmic awareness by understanding rhythmic subdivisions in all their permutations and groupings.
– Discussing techniques to approach odd meters (5/8, 7/8, 11/8, etc).
Harmony will be approached by:
– Understanding harmonic relationships and techniques used in improvisation.
– Providing various reharmonization techniques and how to apply them to songs and improvised solos.
– Providing various techniques that aim towards mastering improvisation such as scales, patterns, ear training and phrasing exercises.
– Finding unconventional and individual techniques to use in original composition.
Apart from all the above-listed tools necessary to master jazz improvisation, the general drive of the masterclass is to highlight self-teaching importance by being the most free, independent, creative and original in one’s practice routines and experimentation.
About the instructor:
Tarek Yamani is a New York based self-taught, Lebanese jazz pianist and composer, who was coincidentally exposed to Jazz around the age of 19. In 2010, he won the grand prize in the “2010 Thelonious Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition” for his composition “Sama’i Yamani”. On April 30th 2012,Tarek was privileged to perform in the inaugural performance of the “International Jazz Day” at the UN headquarters in NYC, along with Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Zakir Hussein and Vinnie Colaiuta, an event announced by UNESCO and Herbie Hancock to proclaim Jazz as an international language. During his beginnings, Tarek’s projects ranged significantly from Arabic music to hip-hop to Jazz. While he was performing in local Jazz clubs, he was also producing/performing with pioneer Lebanese speaking Hip-Hop band “Aksser” and writing music for dance/theater performances such as with Swedish director Eva Bergman & Lebanese director Omar Rajeh. His curiosity has moreover led him to approach a variety of other styles such as Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Flamenco and in 2002, he co-founded “funjan shai”, a multi-style band which was featured in 2 releases (Macadi Nahhas’ “Khilkhal” & Ziad Ahmadieh’s “Beyond Traditions”) and which brought a distinctive approach in arrangement and production to the middle east. Since 2004 he focused mostly on Jazz and improvised music and performed in various festivals/venues in France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, Dubai, Syria, Jordan, Switzerland, Romania, Slovenia, Egypt, USA and Sweden, and with great artists such as Khaled Yassine, Kristijan Krajncan, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Jimmy Greene to name a few. Apart from performing, Tarek has given Jazz workshops such as in the 2008 Realmonte “Jazz Festival & Meeting” & in the 2010 “Palermo Festival & Meeting” in Italy. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the “American University of Beirut” & a BA in Jazz Piano from the “Prins Claus Conservatoire” and he is also a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the “Givanas Charitable Foundation” fund, the “Andrea Elkenbracht” award, the “Huygens” scholarship, and the “Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds” award. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon in 1980, and moved to New York in 2011.
Level of participants: From intermediate to advanced. Participants must have musical knowledge.