Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera leads a Latin jazz
workshop with special guest coaches, percussionist Pernell
Saturnino, basist Oscar Stagnaro, drummer Mark Walker,
pianist Alon Yavnai, and trumpeter-trombonist Diego Urcola.
A big band of 18 musicians will be formed and will focus on
arrangements representing different Latin traditions. The final
performance will take place in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on
World-renowned clarinet and saxophone player Paquito D’Rivera began his
career playing with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra and leading
the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and Irakere. D’Riverais also an
accomplished composer. He was commissioned by the National Symphony
Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic to write a flute concerto, which
Maestro Leonard Slatkin conducted at the Kennedy Center, and Yo-Yo Ma’s
recording of three of D’Rivera’s chamber pieces garnered a Grammy Award.
D’Rivera made Grammy history of his own by winning in both the Classical
and Latin Jazz categories for, respectively, Stravinsky’s Historia del Soldado
and Brazilian Dreams
. Other honors and awards include the 2005 NEA
Jazz Masters Award, the National Medal of the Arts, and a doctorate honoris
causa from the Berklee School of Music. His memoirs, My Sax Life
published by Northwestern University Press in 2005.
Applications will be accepted for piano; bass; guitar; drums;
percussion; alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones (reeds should double clarinet or flute);
trumpet; and trombone. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30.
There is no tuition for the workshop.
For participants from outside the greater metropolitan New York area,
travel and shared-room accommodations will be arranged and paid for by Carnegie Hall.
Please complete the application form and return it with the following:
Paquito D’Rivera Application Form
A current résumé including,
teachers, master classes, performing experience,
education/training, festivals, and awards.
Two letters of recommendation from present or
former music teachers or from musicians of high
standing. Letters may be sent separately from
the application either by mail or e-mail to
PTW@weilmusicinstitute.org but must be marked
clearly with the workshop name and the
applicant’s name on the front of the envelope
or in the subject line of the e-mail.
- Unedited audition recording including each
of the following:
- Latin composition (Afro-Cuban, samba, tango, bossa nova, etc.)
- Jazz standard
- Original composition or personal favorite (preferably in a Latin style)
The recording should reflect the applicant’s interest in the workshop by
demonstrating his or her experience performing these types of music.
A non-refundable application fee of $40.
Payment may be made by check, money
order in US dolars, or credit card. Make check
or money order payable to The Carnegie Hall
Corporation. A credit card form is available
online at weillmusicinstitute.org/workshops.
(920 KB PDF)
All materials must be received by Carnegie Hall no later than
Friday, December 1, 2006
Applicants will be informed of their workshop status on or about January 20.
All workshop participants must be available March 14–19
, including evenings.