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Workshop with Matuto at Carleton University

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 6 p.m.
Free, open to the public.

Jazz/Brazilian Folk Music Workshop with Matuto from NYC

  • Clay Ross – guitar, vocals
  • Rob Curto – accordion
  • Richie Barshay – drums
  • Mike Lavalle – bass
  • Mazz Swift – violin

With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture. The group combines Brazilian folk music, American Roots music and Jazz in a seamless, virtuosic way. Matuto shares their deep knowledge of these traditions in this workshop.

Clay Ross delivers colorfully satirical lyrics reminiscent of David Byrne, Tom Ze, and Caetano Veloso. A virtuosic guitarist, his unique style combines the flat picking prowess of bluegrass legend Tony Rice with the sonic depth of jazz master Bill Frisell, plucking three chord folk melodies or sophisticated Brazilian Choros with equal ease. 

Richie Barshay has established himself as a prominent musical voice of his generation according to JazzTimes magazine. In 2004 he was named an American Musical Envoy by the U.S. State Department for outreach tours in Asia, South America, and Europe.  On tour and on recordings, his eclectic resume so includes Herbie Hancock (the work for which he is perhaps best known), Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Natalie Merchant, David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Claudia Acuña and Pete Seeger among others.

Rob Curto is widely regarded as forró’s foremost ambassador in the States. An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of their Brazilian counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, and frevo to produce stunning new results. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions.

Michael Loren Lavalle was raised by his musician parents on all genres of American Music. Now, matched with a profound knowledge of musics from Brazil, he has become an in-demand bassist and percussionist on NYC’s creative music scene. He has worked with a vast and diverse array of artists and co-produced the album “Edge of Everything” by Greta’s Bakery which was released by Decca/Universal Music Group in 2009. 

Mazz Swift is a native New Yorker, who began playing the violin at age 6. She graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts, during which time she made her solo public performance debut on the stage of New York’s Alice Tully Hall, performing alongside members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. She later attended The Juilliard School of Music, but left in the middle of her 3rd year to pursue a more organic approach to music making. Consequently, she has recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists including Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Kanye West, Com­mon, and Jay-Z.

Studio A (Room A900), Music Department
9th floor, Loeb Building, Tower A
Carleton University
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Bilingual Jazz Workshops with vocalist Nicole Ratté / Ateliers de jazz vocal avec la chanteuse Nicole Ratté

Courses in French and English on how to improve one's jazz vocal techniques, given by well-known local singer Nicole Ratté.

Début : Mercredi 22 janvier, 2014 - 19h30 à 22h / Begins: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Session de 14 semaines / 14-week session
Musique Adagio, 851, boul. St-René ouest, Gatineau

Début : Jeudi, 23 janvier, 2014, de 19h à 21h30 /Begins: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7 to 9:30 p.m.
GigSpace (Alcorn Music Studios), 953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa
Session de 14 semaines / 14-week session

Les ateliers sont offerts par la chanteuse Nicole Ratté qui a mis sur pied une formation destinée à ceux qui veulent apprendre les rudiments du jazz tout en développant leurs habiletés vocales et scéniques. Ces ateliers peuvent accueillir de huit à dix personnes. A l'issu du cours, l'étudiant devrait comprendre davantage les styles de jazz, la structure des standards, les intros et les finales, comment travailler avec des musiciens, etc. Il sera également en mesure de chanter des standards avec un ou plusieurs musiciens après avoir appris des notions de techniques vocales, de phrasé, d'interprétation, de présence scénique, etc. On abordera aussi l'improvisation.

Vocalist Nicole Ratté is now offering bilingual jazz workshops. Her weekly workshops include a series of techniques and tips about everything that concerns a jazz vocalist and the participants learn and master them along the way. At the end of a session, they do a concert with a jazz band. More details at or Some of the topics covered: vocal technique, stage presence, interpretation, jazz techniques (phrasing, styles, etc.), communication with the musicians, how to find the key and transpose, etc.

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Masterclass on jazz fusion with Lee Fish and Marc-André Drouin at Carleton University

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Free, open to the public.

Lee Fish is a Boston-based drummer, and Marc-André Drouin is a Montréal-based electric bassist. They will lead a workshop on jazz-fusion music.

For drummer Lee Fish, it all started at a young age, traveling on the road with his musician parents. His unique life experiences and talent led him to become one of the most highly sought after drummers at Berklee College of Music as well as in the Boston area. Currently, he lives in Boston, and plays regularly with various musicians and groups including the Jason Palmer Quintet, the Mike Tucker Trio/Quartet/Quintet, the Evgeny Lebedev World Trio, the Primary Colors, the Mike Thomas Group, and the Nick Grondin Group to name a few. You can also see him perform every Friday and Saturday night at the historic Wally's Cafe with Jason Palmer's Band. While at berklee, Lee was a member of Phil Wilson's Rainbow Band and Greg Hopkins' Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, along with many student groups performing coast to coast as well as in Japan and Europe. Recently, he has done tours and played festivals in Russia, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. as well as gigged and/or recorded with artists including Esperanza Spalding, Charles McPherson, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Jason Palmer, Greg Osby, David Gilmore, Julian Lage, the Kendrick Oliver New Life Jazz Orchestra, John Lockwood, Lawrence Fields, and many more.

Bassist Marc-André Drouin attended the Berklee College of Music (Boston). While in Los Angeles, he worked with Andy Grammer, Vinx (Sting, Rickie Lee Jones), Kofi Baker (Ohm), Chuck Morris (Arsenio Hall, Marcus Miller), and Preston Smith (Cocktail soundtrack). In Montreal he has performed and/or recorded with Nannette Workman, France d'Amour, Kim Richardson, and Marie-Hélene Thibert among others. A versatile musician comfortable in a wide-range of styles, he has toured with the USA with Cavalia (USA) and in France with Véronic DiCaire.

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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Colloquium on Digital Music at Carleton University

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 2:30 p.m.

MA in Music and Culture Graduate Colloquium: “Directions in Digital Musics: On the Entanglement of Technological, Social and Aesthetic Change”
by Georgina Born, Professor of Music and Anthropology, Oxford University. Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Abstract: In this paper I present some of the mid-point findings of a six-country comparative ethnographic research program called ‘Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’. Funded by the European Research Council, the MusDig program is intended to be non-parochial: not just about the UK, Europe and North America. In this sense it responds to the post-colonial rebalancing of research and theory towards formerly marginalised areas, illuminating through comparative studies the changes wrought by digital media to musics worldwide. MusDig is also interdisciplinary: as well as the music disciplines, it makes use of anthropology, sociology, media theory, sound studies and critical legal studies. Moreover, the program addresses a range of musics – popular and folk as well as art musics – and their evolving interrelations, across a spectrum of practices – production, circulation and consumption. In these ways MusDig embodies a relational musicology (Born 2010). I first present some of the wider comparative findings, and then focus in on my ethnography of digital art musics in the UK. Starting from a symptomatic crisis in 2012, I draw on research in universities and other key British institutions supporting digital art musics, tracing the diffusion of knowledge economy and creative industries policies through the sector and analysing the frictional entanglement of political, institutional, technological, social and aesthetic change.

Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University, and was previously Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music at Cambridge University. In fall 2013 she is Schulich Visiting Professor in Music at McGill University, and in spring 2014 Bloch Visiting Professor in Music at the University of California, Berkeley.

Room A720
Loeb Building
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
[map] (look for "LA" on the bottom left side of the map)


Masterclass with David Occhipinti at Carleton University

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Free, open to the public.

David Occhipinti: Camera

  • Michael Davidson – marimba
  • Andrew Downing – bass
  • Aline Homzy – violin
  • Peter Lutek – clarinet/bassoon
  • David Occhipinti - guitar, compositions

The celebrated jazz guitarist and chamber-music composer and his eclectic group of clarinet/bassoon, marimba, violin/viola, and cello/bass, leads a multi-faceted masterclass embracing different genres and instrumentations.

David Occhipinti and his Camera Ensemble are touring Canada in November of 2013, in support of David’s recent release, Camera (2012). The tour wraps up with a concert in Toronto (Heliconian Hall) on November 19.

On Camera, David celebrates the combination of contemporary chamber music composition, along with improvisation. The recording features David’s compositions and guitar playing, featured in a unique ensemble consisting of: clarinet, bassoon, guitar, marimba, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet.

"David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning.  I just wanted to keep listening… His music is an absolute work of art!" - Jim Hall

Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has twice been nominated for a Juno award, for his CD Forty Revolutions (2007), and for Duologue (2003), his first of two duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley.

As a composer, David has received numerous commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles. In 2011, David founded the Walrus Quartet with fellow guitarists: Roddy Ellias, Ted Quinlan and Kim Ratcliffe. David has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and in Italy, where he lived for almost three years. He studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist and composer, Jim Hall, during the mid 1990's.

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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"10 Approaches to Creativity" at the University of Ottawa

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 7 p.m.
Free admission

John Burge of Queen’s University speaks on “10 Approaches to Creativity—A Canadian Composer Works with a Snowdrift”

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Freiman Hall (Room 121)
Pérez Building (610 Cumberland Street)
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON


Masterclass on the Business of Music at Carleton University

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Free, open to the public.


  • Jeep Jeffries, General Director, Opera Lyra
  • Eliza-Jane Scott, National Arts Centre English Theatre

Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
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