Online Classes

ONLINE COURSE SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS:

SPRING 2021 CLASSES – BEGINNING APRIL 5!


MOJITO NIGHTS (More Advanced)

Taught by César Bauvallet
Mondays, April 5-May 24 (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 occasional visits into the ‘practice rooms’ to see how things are going! The 6:00pm class is designed for more advanced students while the later class (7:30-9pm) is for students at a less advanced level. (Students assigned by Instructor)

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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TEQUILA TRIADS (Less Advanced)

Taught by César Bauvallet
Mondays, April 5-May 24 (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 occasional visits into the ‘practice rooms’ to see how things are going! The 6:00pm class is designed for more advanced students while the later class (7:30-9pm) is for students at a less advanced level. (Students assigned by Instructor).

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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JAZZ AMONG FRIENDS

Taught by Jim Ahrend
Tuesdays, April 13-June 1 (Eight weeks, 6-7:30pm via Zoom)
$100/$90 Members. Free for Youth 18 & Under
12 Participants Maximum. 7 Participants Minimum.
Pianist Jim Ahrend introduces a new online class for the Spring session! Like last semester, this class focuses on three things: ear training exercises; masterclass performances in a safe, encouraging environment; and a virtual ensemble class video project that everyone contributes to.  Required equipment: a device to zoom with (phone, tablet, laptop) and possibly another device to play backup tracks through speakers so you can accompany yourself while performing for the zoom class! All skill/experience levels (and confidence levels!) are welcome.
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, Tony Lujan, and many others. A frequent performer at the Outpost, he has been a terrific recent addition to the Outpost education team.

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

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, April 14-June 2 (8 weeks, 6-6:45pm via Zoom)
$50/$40 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 studied for two years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and performed and toured as a member of Ottmar Liebert’s band for several years.

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

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, April 14-June 2 (8 weeks, 6:45-7:30pm via Zoom)
$50/$40 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 studied for two years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and performed and toured as a member of Ottmar Liebert’s band for several years.

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ADVANCED YOUTH CLASS

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Saturdays, April 17-June 5 (8 weeks, 3-4pm via Zoom)
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 studied for two years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and performed and toured as a member of Ottmar Liebert’s band for several years.

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Improvising The Blues On Guitar (For Guitarists Only)

Taught by Dimi DiSanti
Thursdays, April 29-June 17 (Eight weeks, 6-7pm Via Zoom)
$50/$40 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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MORE EDUCATION AND ONLINE ACTIVITIES WILL BE OFFERED SOON. STAY TUNED


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Meanwhile, Check out this video below featuring our Tuesday Night Potpourri Class
(Outpost Education Winter Session 2021)

One of several classes offered during Outpost’s Jazz Education Winter 2021 session, the Tuesday Night Potpourri class, taught by Outpost instructor, pianist Jim Ahrend, met on Zoom for 8 weeks. Their final project – this Zoom video – as Jim describes, was “our attempt at ‘ensemble’ playing in spite of our panedemic-related separation.” The two songs featured are “Up Jumped Spring” and “What the World Needs Now (is Love Sweet Love)” – both arranged by Ahrend. The focus of the class was “a potpourri of activities” including ear training exercises, masterclass performances, and one “class piece” that could be made into a “virtual ensemble” class video.

Check out the latest music video from Outpost’s Jazz Meets TikTok For Youth! Renowned saxophonist Doug Lawrence’s is featured on this cover of “Peace of Mind,” a song originally by Boston. Featuring Doug & Lyla Lawrence; the group Clodion with Sophie, Lukas & Matthaeus Strassner; Fernando, Sebastian, and Jackie Zamora; Outpost director, Tom Guralnick, and volunteer and membership coordinator, Jalila Arthur Brewer. The final project is coming soon as well!

Check out the first collaborative music video to come out of Outpost’s new online class: Jazz (and more) Meets TikTok For Youth! This course uses the social media platform TikTok to re-mix and re-record versions of renowned saxophonist Doug Lawrence’s music as well as music the students choose. “El Shakey” originally features Doug Lawrence on tenor sax, Peter Bernstein on guitar, Adam Scone playing organ, John Webber playing bass, Willie Jones lll on drums, and Eddie Bobe’ on congas. Our version features Doug & Lyla Lawrence; the group Clodion with Sophie, Lukas & Matthaeus Strassner; Fernando, Sebastian, and Jackie Zamora; Outpost director, Tom Guralnick, and volunteer and membership coordinator, Jalila Arthur Brewer. We’ll let you know when we drop our next release! The next song challenge is up to the students, so they are making sure it is really challenging for Doug! Stay tuned for more!

 

It’s the final music video from Outpost’s first ever Jazz Meets TikTok For Youth, offered this summer! Check out our version of “Oye Como Va,” written by Tito Puente and popularized by Santana. It features renowned saxophonist Doug Lawrence and his daughter, swim champion, Lyla Lawrence; the group Clodion, which includes Sophie, Matthaeus, and Lukas Strassner; Fernando, Sebastian, and Jackie Zamora; Outpost director, Tom Guralnick on saxophone, and Outpost Volunteer and Membership Coordinator, Jalila Arthur Brewer. It also features beautiful New Mexico skies, Lyla’s first improvised solo, and introduces, for her music video debut, Claire Strassner! *Please see Lukas for Clodion information on Merchandise.

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