MATTHEW HALPIN GROUP WORKSHOP & CONCERT SUNDAY JUNE 17 To Launch our 2012 Festival Programme, we host the best of Berklee in concert and workshop, Hawkswell from 3pm, Sunday 17 June

Programme for the day:

3pm Matthew Halpin Group Improvisation Workshop

6.30pm Festival Programme Launch

8pm Matthew Halpin Group

Venue: Hawkswell Theatre, Lobby

Matthew Halpin Group
Berklee Presidential Scholar Matthew’s most recent project includes four musicians he has been working with and studying with in various scenarios and projects since beginning at Berklee in fall of 2009. In that time these people have grown to be some of his best friends and the musical
connection they have been able to develop is something which he has not experienced before. The group features Christian Li (piano), Mike Bono (guitar), Jared Henderson (bass) and Roberto Giaquinto (drums). Each of these musicians are stand out players in their own right, most
of them studying on full scholarships at Berklee College of Music.
Matthew is currently composing a set of music specific to this group and will show off the highly interactive capabilities and the incredible soloing skills each musician has. The style of music that
he is writing is a result of the music that he has been playing and
studying for the past three years, taking influence from jazz
standards and the original music they have worked on together. What he
is trying to make most prominent in the music is the enjoyment and
humor that they find in playing together and which has always come
naturally to them. While being true to the intensity and emotional
depth of the music which they all love.


Matthew Halpin and his group will be presenting a
masterclass about group improvisation.  The Matthew Halpin Group
consists of Matthew Halpin on tenor sax, Mike Bono on guitar,
Christian Li on piano, Jared Henderson on bass, and Roberto Giaquinto
on drums.  All members of the group are on scholarship at the Berklee
College of Music and hail from various parts of the world.  They will
discuss the factors that facilitate the successful collaboration of
musicians in an improvisatory setting.  Truly creating music as a
group is one of the most difficult and most sought after experiences
in jazz.  It provides a powerful experience for both musician and
audience.  While there is no one formula for achieving this, there are
several factors that one can take into consideration to help establish
a strong connection. Many areas will be addressed, including
accompanying, expansion of the roles of each instrument, rhythm,
harmonic content, etc.

Members of the Matthew Halpin group have studied under or played with
with many luminaries in the jazz field, including Danilo Perez, Joe
Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street, Dave Liebman, Maria
Schneider, Wayne Shorter, George Garzone, Hal Crook, and others.  They
have traveled to and performed at various venues including the Panama
Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival,
the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and others.  They have grown
and played together throughout their Berklee careers.



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