The Latin Ensemble performs repertoire from a broad spectrum of Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, Latin jazz fusion and selected South American styles. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of Afro-Caribbean Son and Brazilian Samba. Assignments will be given. Additional styles and genres are introduced and may vary from semester to semester. Course work includes performance of 5-6 musical works, 2+ performances and a recording session. Students will perform rhythmically challenging compositions and must be willing to dedicate necessary practice time. Enhancing student’s sense of ‘time’ and group ‘groove’ listening skills are a strong focus in this ensemble.
LATIN ENSEMBLE AUDITION INFO:
1) Please prepare “Morning” by Clare Fischer to be performed along with the recording:
Download chart here: Morning Rhythm Chart (.pdf)
2) You will also be asked to sight read.
3) You will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Tone, Time, Feel/Groove, Improvisation, and Musicality.
4) Contact Scott Agster for more information on audition dates and requirements.