OUTPOST CLASS OFFERINGS

Spring 2022 Classes (as described below) Begin In Person in April!

Please Note: We are excited to be holding classes IN PERSON again this spring! Should anything change in terms of health and safety circumstances vis a vis CoVid, we will keep everyone informed.  In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes! We thank you for your loyalty and patience.

All classes, whether online 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 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.


SPRING 2022 COURSE SCHEDULE & DESCRIPTIONS:

CLASSES BEGIN APRIL 18!
Please Note: Classes will be in person this spring unless health and safety circumstances change, at which time we will keep you posted on any updates. Thank you for your loyalty and patience.

8pm Monday Latin Music Class (IN PERSON)

Taught by César Bauvallet
Mondays, April 18-June 6 (8 weeks, 8:00-9:30pm)
$100/$90 Members. Free for Youth 18 & Under
Class limit: 12  /  Minimum: 7

Please Note: You must contact César by email at cesmus32_1960@swcp.co before signing up for this class as there are specific prerequisites for each class.

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 changes, rhythmic exercises, improvisation lines (riffs) and more. Please note: It is required that you email César Bauvallet at cesmus32_1960@swcp.com before signing up for this class. This is an ensemble class for which César writes and arranges all the music ahead of time based on the instrumentation of the participants. He will also need to know your instrument and level of playing.

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Proof of negative PCR test will also be accepted. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes!

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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6pm Tuesday Latin Music Class (IN PERSON)

Taught by César Bauvallet
Tuesdays, April 19-June 7 (8 weeks, 6-7:30pm)
$100/$90 Members. Free for Youth 18 & Under
Class limit: 12  /  Minimum: 7

Please Note: You must contact César by email at cesmus32_1960@swcp.co before signing up for this class as there are specific prerequisites for each class.

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 changes, rhythmic exercises, improvisation lines (riffs) and more. Please note: It is required that you email César Bauvallet at cesmus32_1960@swcp.com before signing up for this class. This is an ensemble class for which César writes and arranges all the music ahead of time based on the instrumentation of the participants. He will also need to know your instrument and level of playing.

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Proof of negative PCR test will also be accepted. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes!

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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THE JAM SESSION: A JAZZ ARTIST INCUBATOR (IN PERSON)

Taught by Jim Ahrend & Rodney Bowe
Mondays, April 18-June 6 (8 weeks, 6-7:30pm)
$100/$90 Members
Class limit: 12  /  Minimum: 7

It is where jazz artists go to “cut their chops,” to experiment, to spread their improvisatory wings, and to gain ensemble experience.  It is the essential cradle of spontaneity, invention, inspiration.  Listening to a jam session, one might never know if the artists had played together before or if they even knew one another, but that doesn’t matter—because they all know the basic rules!  How does this work?  How does one learn the universal language, the rules, the protocols of jamming together?  Where does one start?  In this course, we will de-mystify, and prepare you for jamming with other jazz lovers.  Using standard tunes that are part of the standard jazz repertoire, we will learn how to approach and dive into jazz charts, how to communicate with others in the ensemble, how to know when to “comp” and when to “solo” and many more spoken an unspoken rules of the JAM SESSION.  Singers, players, all levels welcome.  Let’s jam!

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Proof of negative PCR test will also be accepted. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes!

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.

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.


THE OUTPOST CAN DO BAND (Adult Class) Less Advanced Level (IN PERSON)

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, April 27-June 15 (8 weeks, 5:30-7pm)
$100/$90 Members
Class limit: 12  /  Minimum: 7

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

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Proof of negative PCR test will also be accepted. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes.

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 (IN PERSON)

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, April 27-June 15 (8 weeks, 7-8:30pm)
$100/$90 Members
Class limit: 12  /  Minimum: 7

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.

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Proof of negative PCR test will also be accepted. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes!

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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RAGE ADVANCED YOUTH CLASS (IN PERSON)

Taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa
Wednesdays, April 27-June 15 (8 weeks, 4:00-5:30pm)
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.

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Proof of negative PCR test will also be accepted. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes!

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

Taught by Dimi Disanti
(Date TBA)
Info coming soon

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the in-person classes. Proof of negative PCR test will also be accepted. Masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc).  In addition, an effort will be made to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes!

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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