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Concordia Students Meet and Learn from Members of The Twin Cities Music Community

Throughout the semester, students will benefit from working with guest artists that are currently working professionally in the Twin Cities area.  Each guest artist that I have chosen for this semester will have particular insights into the different styles of music that the class is studying.  Students will also have the opportunity to develop long lasting connections by working with these band leaders and professional musicians.  The following pictures and videos represent some of the masterclasses and playing events that the students have participated in this semester.

Shai Hayo Afro-Cuban Drumming Clinic

The Concordia Jazz Ensemble (Spring 2008) with Shai Hayo (African Hand Drumming expert and band leader of Twin Cities latin group, Salsa Del Soul).  All students had an opportunity to participate in this clinic on a variety of percussion and in several song stlyes.  Shai has become a semi-regular guest at Concordia as one of the course goals is to experience the music of different cultures within the jazz idiom. 

Making a Life in Music Masterclass with Shilad Sen

The Concordia Jazz Ensemble (Fall 2009) with Shilad Sen (Tenor Saxophonist with Snowblind and Ingo Bethke).  The title of this masterclass was "Creating a Life in Music."  Aside from being a fantastic jazz saxophonist in the Twin Cities music scene, Shilad is an Assistant Professor of Computer Sciene at Macalester College.  Since many of the musicians participating in Jazz Ensemble are of different degree plans and disciplines, I invited Shilad to talk about the his experiences with balancing his musical outlets with the rest of his life.

Brass Band masterclass with Zack Lozier   

The Concordia Contemporary Ensemble (Spring 2009) with Zack Lozier (Trumpeter with Jack Brass Band, Davina and the Vagabonds, and the Irresistables).  Zack was invited to share some of his experience performing in different New Orleans groups.  His extensive New Orleans brass band experience has led him and his groups to headline different international music festivals including an invitation to play the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.  He spent his time in both bands discussion issues of improvisation, fronting an band, and creating stylistically appropriate material for each performance situation.