OUTPOST CLASS OFFERINGS

ONLINE classes (as described below) begin January 17!

Please Note: We were all hoping for (and planning on) being able to hold in-person classes once again this Winter & Spring. Unfortunately, due to the surge of the Delta variant we no longer feel this is prudent. Classes are necessarily crowded in an indoor space— an environment that particularly ripe for infection (even amongst the vaccinated). For the safety of all, we regrettably decided to once again offer opportunities to an online forum (for the first 8-week session at least) in the interest of keeping students and teachers safe! Thank you for your loyalty and patience.

All classes, whether on in or in person, classes are taught by the Outpost team comprising saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa; pianist, Jim Ahrend; percussionist/trombonist, César Bauvallet, and guitarist Dimi DiSanti. All classes cover music theory, ear training, solo development, song forms and various rhythm section approaches and aim to build positive attitudes, trust, teamwork cooperation, confidence, compassion and a sense of humor—skills and values that will serve participants well beyond the workshop and throughout their entire educations and lives. In short, if you want to be there, we want you and a good time will be had by all.

TO ENROLL FOR ONLINE CLASSES, go to the class of your choice and click on the appropriate link at the end of the class description below.

IN PERSON CLASSES: When classes are held in person, both Youth and Adults perform a recital for family and friends at the end of their second session. It is expected that students will have their own instruments to bring to class. Outpost will provide a piano, a drum set, and guitar & bass amplifiers.

TO ENROLL FOR IN PERSON CLASSES: 
Ages: Minimum age 10 up to (and including) High School Senior. Class limit: 12 (minimum of 7 is required). We ask that students (youth & adult) show up a few minutes early on the first day of the class they would like to attend. That said, in order to make this the best experience for all participants, we may have to assign students to a different class based on their age, skill level and/or schedules. Call us at 268-0044 for more information.


ONLINE WINTER/SPRING 2022 COURSE SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS:

ONLINE CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 17!
Please Note: We were hoping to be able to hold in-person classes once again this winter, but unfortunately, due to the surge of the Delta & Omicron variants we feel it is best to continue online for now for the safety of all!  Thank you for your loyalty and patience.

 

TEQUILA TRIADS CLASS

Taught by César Bauvallet
Mondays, January 17-March 7 (8 weeks, 7:30-9pm Via Zoom)
$100/$90 Members. Free for Youth 18 & Under
Class Limited to 7 Participants. 5 Participants Minimum

In this class, participants will learn about the elements that make up Latin music, including chord progressions, improvisation, Latin rhythms, Blues, 2-5-1 and rhythm change forms, rhythmic exercises, improvisation lines (riffs) and more. Throughout the session, participants will break out into virtual ‘practice rooms’ to learn the material presented in the class, which they may be called upon to share with the group. César will also make regular visits into the ‘practice rooms’ to see how things are going!

Originally from Cuba, César Bauvallet has been a music educator and professional performer for more than 30 years as well as a renowned trombonist, percussionist (congas, bongos, timbales, batá drums, as well as drumset and hand percussion), singer, composer, arranger and bandleader. He is most widely known here in New Mexico as the leader of the popular 9-piece Salsa band, Son Como Son.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


MOJITO NIGHTS CLASS

Taught by César Bauvallet
Tuesdays, January 18-March 8 (8 weeks, 6-7:30pm Via Zoom)
$100/$90 Members. Free for Youth 18 & Under
Class Limited to 7 Participants. 5 Participants Minimum

In this class, participants will learn about the elements that make up Latin music, including chord progressions, improvisation, Latin rhythms, Blues, 2-5-1 and rhythm change forms, rhythmic exercises, improvisation lines (riffs) and more. Throughout the session, participants will break out into virtual ‘practice rooms’ to learn the material presented in the class, which they may be called upon to share with the group. César will also make regular visits into the ‘practice rooms’ to see how things are going!

Originally from Cuba, César Bauvallet has been a music educator and professional performer for more than 30 years as well as a renowned trombonist, percussionist (congas, bongos, timbales, batá drums, as well as drumset and hand percussion), singer, composer, arranger and bandleader. He is most widely known here in New Mexico as the leader of the popular 9-piece Salsa band, Son Como Son.

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HOW DO THEY DO THAT?

An online workshop with Jim Ahrend
Mondays, Jan. 17 – Mar. 7 (8 weeks, 6-7:30 via zoom)
$100/$90 Outpost Members
Class limited to 11 participants.

Who is your favorite jazz artist? What makes them identifiable? What musical language are they using? And what I get asked all the time—“how can I sound more like them?” In this session we will listen to our favorite artists, and dig into what we can glean from them and how we can incorporate these ideas into our performing. Students will be expected to have selected one or two favorite youtube links. Together we will listen, explore, and gather ideas—which we will then implement and “make our own” as we perform for one another via zoom, forming a model for our continued growth as jazz lovers and performers.

An alumnus of New England Conservatory, Jim Ahrend moved to Albuquerque from New York in 2008 where he quickly established himself as one of the busiest and most respected pianists in New Mexico, playing alongside local legends Bobby Shew, Doug Lawrence, and many others. A frequent performer at the Outpost, he has been a terrific recent addition to the Outpost education team.


THE OUTPOST CAN DO BAND Adult Class (Less Advanced LeveI)

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, January 19-March 9 (8 weeks, 6-6:45pm via Zoom)
$40/$30 Members.
Class Limited to 10 Participants. 5 Participants Minimum.

It’s the Can Do Band because no matter how difficult the charts are that instructor Kanoa Kaluhiwa throws at his students, he knows they can always play them (they CAN DO)! So, in this class, participants will learn 3 to 5 tunes by ear (mostly jazz but not limited to jazz), with a focus on learning the melody, harmony and rhythm, as well as an opportunity to try out short portions of solos. Participants will do some reading of charts written by Kanoa or excerpts of solos, as well as other play-along books. They will discuss each of the main elements that make up a jazz (or other) composition: melody, harmony and rhythm, as well as listen to the original recordings of the tunes.

One of New Mexico’s most sought-after saxophonists, tenor saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa started playing professionally while in High School and received two scholarships to the Eastman School of Music summer Sessions in New York. He also studied for two years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

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THE OUTPOST LATE NIGHT BAND Adult Class (More Advanced Level)

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, January 19-March 9 (8 weeks, 6:45-7:30pm)
$40/$30 Members.
Class Limited to 10 Participants. 5 Participants Minimum

It’s not as late as Late Night with Letterman, but this Late Night Band has some fun swingin’ with a bunch of great tunes! In this class, participants will learn 3 to 5 tunes by ear (mostly jazz but not limited to jazz and possibly more difficult tunes than the 6pm class) with a focus on learning the melody, harmony and rhythm, as well as an opportunity to try out short portions of solos. Participants will do some reading of charts written by Kanoa or excerpts of solos, as well as other play-along books. They will discuss each of the main elements that make up a jazz (or other) composition: melody, harmony and rhythm, as well as listen to the original recordings of the tunes.

One of New Mexico’s most sought-after saxophonists, tenor saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa started playing professionally while in High School and received two scholarships to the Eastman School of Music summer Sessions in New York. He also studied for two years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


ADVANCED YOUTH CLASS

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, January 19-March 9 (8 weeks, 4:00-4:45pm)
Free for Youth 18 & Under

Just as in the adult jazz classes taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa, participants in the advanced youth class will learn 3 to 5 tunes by ear (mostly jazz but not limited to jazz) with a focus on learning the melody, harmony and rhythm, as well as an opportunity to try out short portions of solos. Participants will do some reading of charts written by Kanoa or excerpts of solos, as well as other play-along books. They will discuss each of the main elements that make up a jazz (or other) composition: melody, harmony and rhythm, as well as listen to the original recordings of the tunes.

One of New Mexico’s most sought-after saxophonists, tenor saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa started playing professionally while in High School and received two scholarships to the Eastman School of Music summer Sessions in New York. He also studied for two years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

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IMPROVISING THE BLUES ON GUITAR (FOR GUITARISTS ONLY)

Taught by Dimi Disanti
Thursdays, January 20-March 10 (8 weeks, 6-7 pm Via Zoom)

Limited to 4 students to maximize the quality of the experience.
Cost: $50/$40 Outpost members

This online course will cover traditional Blues forms, feels, rhythms and techniques with special emphasis on the harmonic intricacies of improvising over blues chord progressions. We’ll do lots of hands on playing as we explore the blues genre together, while learning some enduring blues classics by artists who have built and preserved this great art form. Materials will be distributed via emailed files.

Guitarist Dimian (Dimi) DiSanti has been a fixture on the New Mexico music scene for over 40 years. His unique blend of Blues, Jazz and World Beat styles has made him one of the most sought-after guitarists in the region. He released his latest recording, My Big Back Yard, in the fall 2020.

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Check out this video below, created by three students in our Fall 2021 Latin Music classes!

Outpost is pleased to present a video made by 3 participants in instructor César Bauvallet’s Fall 2021 online Latin Music classes – Tequila Triads and Mojito Nights. Entitled “Las Locas”, the video features Martha Cook on keyboards, Vicky Estrada Bustillo, flute and Seon Park, percussion—all long-time participants in Cesar’s classes. On their own initiative, they decided to get together and form a trio with the idea of making the video. As they put it, “The three of us have taken advantage of covid time to meet as a threesome and work with Cesar on a few tunes. Not only is he a wonderful instructor but his back-up vocals for our class sessions are not too shabby either!”  Enjoy!

The Tequila Triads and Mojito Nights classes focus on the elements that make up Latin music, including chord progressions, improvisation, Latin rhythms, Blues, 2-5-1 and rhythm change forms, rhythmic exercises, improvisation lines (riffs) and more. Throughout the online session, Cesar devised a method whereby participants would break out into virtual ‘practice rooms’ to learn the material presented in the class, which they were then called upon to share with the group, with César making regular visits into the ‘practice rooms’ to guide the process along!

Outpost Jazz and Latin Music Classes will be offered once again this winter and spring, starting the week of January 17.  For health and safety concerns, the first 8-week session will be online.  We remain hopeful that the second session beginning in March will go to in-person format. Keep your fingers crossed (but not when you are practicing!). Stay tuned to outpostspace.org for details.

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