World music: Afro Cuban ensemble
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Develop your music reading, improvising and rhythmic skills so that you can learn to play this music with confidence. Gain insight into how to solo over some Classic Cuban and Salsa styles.
Course Code: ME721
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Five practical sessions for frontline and rhythm section, including percussionists, where you will learn approaches to playing within this rhythmic music form. This will include listening to examples and harmonic analysis of classic Cuban and Salsa repertoire so you can learn how to improvise over typical chord progressions.
Play Salsa, Son montuno, Mambo and Cha-cha-cha and learn about different rhythmic patterns which are played by the various instruments in a classic Cuban or Salsa ensemble.
What will we cover?
Introduction to Salsa, Son montuno, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Bolero and more including their different styles and rhythms and learn how to identify them.
Play through a wide and varied repertoire of Salsa/Afro-Cuban Small Band charts
Learn to solo in this style of music with an emphasis on rhythmic and harmonic development and sight reading.
Learn about percussion used in Cuban music and Salsa and their associated rhythms.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
You will play through some well-known Salsa/Afro-Cuban repertoire arranged for the group.
You will be able to distinguish between Latin music styles including Son montuno, Mambo, and Cha-cha-cha and their associated rhythmic patterns.
You will learn various harmonic and rhythmic approaches to soloing in this style of music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for intermediate players at ABRSM Grade 4 and higher with decent sight reading skills. Ideally you should have a minimum of four years regular playing experience to get the most out of this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be guided in playing sessions where you will work on Salsa/Afro-Cuban band charts. You will meet approaches to sight reading, improvising and learning how to listen and play in a large ensemble in this style of music. You will be expected to practise the charts between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Have your instrument to hand, and a notebook. You may want record some parts of the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Afro Cuban ensemble runs twice a year. You may also be interested in other ensemble music courses.
Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.