Online Classes

ONLINE COURSE SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS:

WINTER 2021 CLASSES – BEGINNING JANUARY 20!


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

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, January 20-March 10 (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, January 20-March 10 (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, January 23-March 13 (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.

It is expected that a relationship will be established with our all-new-to-Outpost class, “Playing Together On Line” taught by Rodney Bowe – which will give students the opportunity to perform some of Kanoa’s materials (and more) together. Stay Tuned for details!

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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MOJITO NIGHTS (More Advanced)

Taught by César Bauvallet
Mondays, January 25-March 15 (8 weeks, 6-7:30pm Via Zoom)
$100/$90 Members. Free for Youth 18 & Under
Class Limited to 7 Participants. 5 Participants Minimum
This class is now full for the winter session. If you are interested in future classes, please email César Bauvallet: cesmus32_1960@swcp.com

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, January 25-March 15 (8 weeks, 7:30-9pm Via Zoom)
$100/$90 Members. Free for Youth 18 & Under
Class Limited to 7 Participants. 5 Participants Minimum
This class is now full for the winter session. If you are interested in future classes, please email César Bauvallet: cesmus32_1960@swcp.com

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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TUESDAY NIGHT POTPOURRI

Taught by Jim Ahrend
Tuesdays, January 26-March 16 (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 his new class for the winter session, which will focus on three things specifically (a potpourri of activities!) to keep you fully engaged: 1. Ear training exercises; 2. Masterclass performances, including opportunities for everyone to perform their individual selections with tracks as well as to receive reinforcement and helpful critique from the instructor and other classmates; and 3. at least one “class piece” that everyone works on, with the goal of creating a “virtual ensemble” class video. Required equipment: a device to zoom with (phone, tablet, laptop) and another device to play backup tracks through speakers so you can accompany yourself while performing for the zoom class! All skill/experience 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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BLUES MEETS JAZZ

Taught by Dimi DiSanti
Thursdays, January 28- March 18 (Eight weeks, 6-7pm Via Zoom)
$50/$40 Members

This class will draw on the deep connection between blues and jazz centered around the era of the late 1950’s through the 1960’s when Blues/Jazz artists created so many of the iconic tunes of this genre that are still favorites today. Through the music of greats like Herbie Hancock, Jimmy McGriff, Wes Montgomery, Ray Charles and more, this interactive class – which will allow for a lot of hands-on playing and class discussion – will explore the Blues/Jazz genre and dig into the rhythmic, stylistic and harmonic characteristics that make it so groovy and timeless! A fair level of comfort with your instrument is recommended for this class which is open to all instruments, including vocalists.

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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PLAYING TOGETHER ONLINE WITH JAMKAZAM
FOR YOUTH 12-18 years old (Mostly!)

Taught by Rodney Bowe
Wednesdays, February 10- March 31 (Eight weeks, 6-7pm)
Free for students ages 18 and under. $50/$40 Members, 19 years old and up.
Minimum enrollment 5; Maximum 8

Let’s make history with a brand new Outpost class! Apply what you’ve learned in other classes and take it to a new level – playing and creating in a group session online!  This class will focus on completing three tunes and will post at least one on the Outpost website. We’ll decide together what genre and which tunes we’ll play in the class and also learn how to to play together in the group session using JamKazam which is an innovative live music platform and social network, enabling musicians to play music together in real time from different locations over the internet as if they are sitting in the same room. We’ll discuss song structure, roles in a band, rhythm section support, as well as perform a standard, rock or funk-it-out. PLEASE NOTE: You will need a device that supports JamKazam – an audio iinterface to plug in your instrument or micropphone into your computer. This class is geared towards youth ages 12 -18, but adults just getting their feet wet are welcome as well! Ability level: intermediate: familiarity with scales and some playability is needed. Please Note: You do NOT have to be a jazzer!

Rodney Bowe has been a popular, working, New Mexico-based professional bassist, vocalist and band leader for over 40 years. He studied jazz bass at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico and has studied with Ray Brown, Abraham Laboriel, and Gary Willis. Bowe recently performed with the nationally acclaimed Ron McCurdy Langston Hughes Project.

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MORE EDUCATION AND ONLINE ACTIVITIES WILL BE OFFERED SOON. STAY TUNED


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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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