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Tuesday, March 14
6:00 PM
Education Event

Master Class: Will Calhoun – Frequency Rhythmic Assimilation

All Ages
Masks are encouraged. The café and bar will not be open at this event. Thank you!

Will Calhoun is primarily known for his drumming with Living Colour, and as one of the most unique drummers in the world, brilliantly combining ancestral rhythms with jazz, rock, funk, hip hop, ambient, electronica and avant-garde grooves. In this Master Class, Frequency Rhythmic Assimilation, you’ll experience an open-air forum of unique beats, terrestrial sounds, and exploratory patterns, all expanding the language of jazz. Calhoun will be joined by special guest Jaron Lanier.

Will Calhoun is a Graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he received his degree in Recording and Engineering. Will is also a two-time Grammy winner with the genre-bending, iconic rock band Living Colour. Calhoun is presently adjunct professor at NYU for their Electronic Music Performance Program. He’s produced Herb Alpert, Mos Def, and Yasiin Bey, and toured and recorded with Harry Belafonte, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, McCoy Tyner, Marcus Miller, Pharoah Sanders, Wayne Shorter, Oumou Sangare, Ron Carter, Phillip Glass, Lauryn Hill, Stanley Jordan, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Public Enemy, Jaco Pastorius, The Moroccan Gnawan Masters, and many others.

Calhoun has invested over 25 years of personal research in the Outback of Australia, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Belize, and Northern Brazil to document and study the true history of the drums, rhythm, sonic vibrations and their impact on modern music. Calhoun is an inventor and avid user of technology and its unique role in creating music, as he describes, “Simultaneously studying the past and future of music/rhythm is essential in today’s musical environment”. Education plays a key role in Calhoun’s career. Giving back to his own community and broadening the horizons of many students around the world is compulsory. He’s lectured at: Simons Foundation, Head Royce School, Brown University’s Watson Institute, Columbia Teachers College, Berklee College of Music, Havarford College, NYU, The Museum of Mathematics, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New School, Sup’Imax Institute in Dakar, Senegal, The Montreal Drum Festival, and The Beijing Drum Festival.

Can’t make it in-person? You can join virtually! Click here to register.

Will Calhoun Website


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