Due to popular demand we are extending the guitar camp into New York City: June 20-21, 2020. We will meet from 10 am to 6:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday from 10-7 pm (with breaks of course).
The location will be Greenwich Village. See bottom of this page for more info!
Our one-of-a-kind camp offers a rare opportunity to learn from true masters of the guitar. This year's teachers include Julian Lage, John Scofield, Gilad Hekselman, Tim Miller, and Joel Harrison. Students will have up-close, personal contact with these folks. Every year we provide support for many of our summer camp attendees who can't afford tuition. To make a tax-deductible donation to our scholarship fund, click the button below.
This year we are thrilled to welcome John Scofield, widely considered one of the most important jazz guitarists of our generation. Scofield's intersection of soul, funk, and bebop has fueled a singular career, whose highlights include stints with Miles Davis and Joe Henderson, as well as many Grammy awards for his own work. Gilad Hekselman, one of the leading jazz players of the younger generation will discuss his gorgeously lyrical modern approach, which is powerfully anchored in tradition. Julian Lage, who continues to ascend, will show us what it takes to become fantastically fluent in multiple styles of American music. His teaching last year was a camp highlight. Ever empathetic, he reveals new depths of understanding to anyone who sits with him. He has a deep bag of unorthodox strategies to free your hands and mind. Tim Miller, another jaw-dropping player who is poised between the world of rock and modern jazz, will share his unique approaches to single line playing and chord structures. Sometimes Tim sounds like Alan Holdsworth which is amazing! And Steve Kimock, master of tone, touch, and phrasing, well known for his long association with Bob Weir and Phil lesh, Bruce Hornsby, and so many more. Steve is principally a rock and R&B guitarist, but is extremely well-versed in many forms of American roots music and is a great slide magician, too. And of course, I will be on hand as well for composition, arranging, the jazz -rock- country nexus, and learning the art of practicing.
Please note: John Scofield will only be present for one day! June 16.
We welcome all levels, except no beginners, please. Although our camp has a focus on jazz, in its broadest sense, anyone can profit from attending. We have had rock, blues, bluegrass players, and more. All have walked away wiser.
Featuring John Scofield, Gilad Hekselman, Julian Lage, Tim Miller, Steve Kimock, and Joel Harrison.
Scofield's intersection of soul, funk, and bebop has fueled a singular career, whose highlights include stints with Miles Davis and Joe Henderson, as well as many Grammy awards for his own work. Hekselman, one of the leading jazz players of the younger generation will discuss his gorgeously lyrical modern approach. Julian Lage, whose continues to ascend, will show us what it takes to become fantastically fluent in multiple styles of American music. Tim Miller, another jaw-dropping player who is poised between the world of rock and modern jazz, will share his unique approaches to single line playing and chord structures. I'll talk about composing, using guitar in "world" music settings, and Steve Kimock will talk about tone and touch, reinventing the legacy of the Grateful Dead, and the intersection of all American roots.
The benefits of attending our camp extend beyond the strengths of the teachers. Of equal import are the connections you will make with other dedicated students in this gorgeous setting.
You can participate in any number of organized and impromptu jam sessions, share insights and ideas, and perform with the teachers as well.
There is MUCH more info on the registration site.
You’ll walk away from your stay with enough inspiration to last the whole year.
1) Rhythm boot camp- developing your inner groove no matter the time cycle
2) Finding your own sound in any style
3) Free improv
4) The art of accompaniment in any style
5) Ways to approach jazz tunes
6) The new landscape of electronic effects
7) Playing a great solo
8) Jazz fundamentals: theory and practice ideas
9) Funk and jazz-rock guitar
10) Business boot camp- how to make a living
The conceptual influence of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s music can be readily observed on a global scale. Whether in concert halls, basement jazz club wee hours jam sessions, conservatory practice rooms or radio station airwaves, Rosenwinkel’s distinctive voice as a composer and guitarist has had an undeniable impact on music in the 21st century.
The American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer has gained international recognition for his deft artistry and unabated individualism since he first appeared on the New York music scene in 1991. His legacy as a pre-eminent jazz guitar voices of his generation is plainly evident on his eleven albums as a leader, each one the inspiration for legions of musicians young and old across the globe. Kurt’s aesthetic vision and multi-genre facility has caught the ear of some of modern music’s most prominent stars; collaborations with Eric Clapton, Q-tip, Gary Burton, Paul Motian, Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, and Donald Fagen are but a few highlights from a remarkably diverse and extensive catalogue of over 150 sideman recordings.
A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Billy Childs, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, Louis Cole, Marshall Crenshaw and Jandek. He also contributed guitar parts to the last David Bowie album, “Blackstar”. Ben conducts clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and the New School. He was the recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014, and a Shifting Foundation grant in 2013. Ben continues to perform original music internationally in solo and trio settings, and in a long standing duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 200 CDs as a sideman, and has released 7 as a leader: Day After Day (Sunnyside, 2019) Amorphae (ECM, 2015), Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and Flux (Songlines,1995).