Date(s) - 10/08/2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Community Music Center
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The MusicLab workshop series brings master Latin jazz artists to share their experience in an interactive setting. You can learn, listen, practice, play and discuss in real time in these online workshops hosted by Community Music Center in partnership with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble and MisterLatinJazz.
Oscar Hernández has played with Latin music legends for decades, been musical director twice on Broadway, and has won four GRAMMYs with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Oscar will share insights about innovations within Latin music over the past 50 years drawing from his musical experiences with iconic groups such as Manny Oquendo y Su Conjunto Libre, Conjunto Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorquino, Ray Barretto, Rubén Blades, Juan Luis Guerra, and most recently the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. He will discuss what gave each of these groups a signature sound including specific musical elements and/or how they related to the sociocultural landscape of their time.
This class will be formatted as a lecture/demonstration utilizing audio/video samples and with live demonstration and question/answers with Oscar Hernandez. Bring your questions for this rare opportunity to speak with a master!
This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the workshop.
Oscar Hernández is another great Puerto Rican from the Bronx. His DNA carries pure melaza in white skin and piercing blue-green eyes that belie his innate percussive rhythm and prodigious way of learning to play the piano. And yet, Oscar is very much de la mata, made of roots so strong as a survival substance that has made him a legend in his own terms and style.