Take a deep dive into jazz, Chinese-American, Latin, old-time, gypsy jazz, and genre-crossing styles with CMC faculty from the Cultural Traditions Department. The sessions offer engaging discussions, inspiring demonstrations, and musical tips in a creative format. Participants are invited to interact with the faculty through a Q & A. CMC Sessions are free and open to all levels of music students.
Meet these talented and inspiring faculty at the CMC Sessions:
- February 9 Maestro and Nola Curtis, The Impact of Black Culture on Ensemble Singing
- February 23 Jon Jang, Traditions in Transformation: The Musical Language of Jon Jang
- March 9 Charlie Gurke, Clave for Improvisers
- March 23 Miguel Govea, Community Arts and Education
- April 13 Omar Ledezma Jr., The Music of Rubén Blades
- April 27 Erik Pearson, Banjo History and Styles
- May 11 Scott Feichter, Gypsy Jazz Legacy: Past and Present
- May 25 Allison Lovejoy, Genre-crossing: From Classical to Blues to Rock
Community Arts and Education with Miguel Govea
March 23, 2021, 6:00pm (PST)
Join Miguel Govea in a discussion about the intersection between culture, community activism, music creation, and education. Miguel Govea is a multi-instrumentalist and a community-based musician with a career that spans 40 years. As a long time denizen of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, he has led his own bands and enjoyed collaborations with countless other artists. His session will explore his musical trajectory as the child of Mexican immigrants in 1960’s Central California to his exposure to the SF Bay area music scene in the late 1970’s. He’ll discuss how the Community Service Organization and the United Farmworkers movements continue to influence his work as a musician, teacher, and artist. He’ll share demonstrations of performances, projects, and styles which have been instrumental to his artistic journey, such as Mexican folk traditions and regional styles and the musical masters from Central and South America and the Caribbean he learned from and played with. Participants in his session will come away with an understanding of his perspective on community-based music work.
This event will be conducted online via video conferencing. RSVP to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.
People who are interested in this workshop can dive deeper by exploring private lessons and the Latin music program.