Starting early September, @Jovino will be doing a monthly live event on PianoGroove.
The live event topics will cover harmony, improvisation, rhythm, technique, composition, and listening. I have created a poll below with the topic areas and more information on these at the bottom of the thread.
Jovino’s first live event is scheduled for 9th September at 9AM PST.
Live Stream Topic Poll
Here are the broad topic areas for Jovino’s live events.
Based on the responses we will then schedule some more specific event titles. Check out the full descriptions below the poll and cast your votes here (max 3 votes per person)
- Brazilian Rhythmic Patterns & Variations
- Beyond Scales and Modes
- The Piano Today - Modern Voicings
- Brazilian Music History
- The Rhythm Section
- Composition - Tools For Composers
- Listen In - Guided Audio Tours
Brazilian rhythmic patterns and their possibilities for variation
For all musicians. An extensive presentation and musical analysis of several rhythms from Brazil, including samba , baião, maracatu, frevo and many more. Examples are taken from recordings and also from live playing by Jovino. Suggestions on how to adapt these musical ideas for any instrument are also given.
Beyond scales and modes: a new approach to improvisation
For all melodic and harmonic instruments. An alternative to the traditional, scale-oriented approach to improvisation in contemporary music. Using a concept originated by Jovino’s musical mentor, Hermeto Pascoal , participants are shown how to employ simple triad-based motives to create elaborate and harmonically sophisticated melodies, taking full advantage of the harmonic potential of each chord. This discovery usually brings an enormous sense of musical freedom with it, allowing one to think simply while performing complex musical ideas.
The Piano Today
For pianists and keyboardists. A strong emphasis is placed on modern voicings for a wide variety of chords, the use of contemporary and traditional rhythms of the world in accompaniment and soloing. Several examples are drawn from recent pieces by some of today’s most creative composers.
Brazilian Music History
For all who like Brazilian music and would like to know more about its origins and developments. 500 years of history in a lecture with lots of recorded music samples presented in an easy to understand, conversational manner.
Coming together: The Rhythm Section as a cooking pot
Developing mutual trust and freedom in a group context - For all rhythm section players. Participants are shown how to develop mutual trust and freedom in a collective musical context. How to think as an arranger in a group, how to comp effectively, the creative use of cues and many more items will be discussed by Jovino in this workshop.
Catching the lizard by the tail
Developing reflexes as tools for composition. For all composers. Participants will learn about ways to draw inspiration from many situations, and how to develop their reflexes as composers, catching ideas as they first appear. Jovino will demonstrate how the creative process occurs, using examples from existing pieces, and often composing new music on the spot.
Listen In - Guided Audio Tours
For all levels. One hour spent on a guided audio tour, listening to music of all colors from many places. In a group discussion after each piece, we bring forward ideas about the basic elements of music, and how they are perceived by musicians and non-musicians. A useful tool in the development of the musical ear.