As a self-taught jazz musician, I have gone through mountains and valleys to properly understand the jazz language and eventually learned this music the challenging (yet highly enjoyable) way. The different shortcuts I discovered led to a collection of personal researching and practicing methods which primarily involve the rhythmic code found in jazz and its relation to its African ancestor.
My approach offers a deep insight into the foundations of Jazz's rhythm, harmony and collective improvisation.
A brief summary of the workshop's concepts:
Insight into the rhythmic structure of Jazz by:
- Identifying rhythmic relationships between today's Jazz (Cuban and Brazilian music as well) and their African ancestor.
- Understanding rhythmic subdivisions in all their permutations and groupings.
- Providing exercises that enhance rhythmic awareness and limb independence.
- Discussing techniques to approach odd meters (5/8, 7/8, 11/8, etc).
Insight into jazz harmony by:
- Understanding harmonic relationships and techniques used in improvisation.
- Providing reharmonization techniques and how to apply them to songs and improvised solos.
- Providing 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.
I have led clinics/workshops/masterclasses around the world including:
International Jazz Day (Cuba), Melbourne Conservatory (International Jazz Day education program), Beirut & Beyond Intl Music Festival (Lebanon), Bahrain International Music Festival (Manama), Realmonte Jazz (Italy), Collective School of Music (New York). Aaron Copland School of Music (New York), Vibe Studio (Egypt), Nuqat (Kuwait), and Jazz Club de Tunis (Tunis).
If you're interested in booking me for any of the above, please get in touch on tarek(dot)yamani(at)yahoo(dot)com.