Jam Session: Vol. 3
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Featuring guest artist Courtney Swain!
The Jam Session is a workshop made available to 6 students and hosted by BDL instructors and professional musicians. The goal of these workshops? To learn the musical tools needed when playing in an ensemble, improvising and performing by jamming with the pro’s.
Students will prepare and perform song, beat and rhythmic excerpts with the guest musician to focus on musical domains like time, feel, groove, blending of sound, form, phrasing, and compositional development.
Each workshop will end with an improvised jam session allowing students the chance to put into practice the knowledge from the workshop.
All students are welcome regardless of experience and level! Expect to meet some of your fellow BDL peers, have fun playing with other musicians and get more comfortable creating music for yourself.
1-2pm: Lunch Break
2-3pm: Jam Session
Courtney’s musical journey started in kindergarten, when she began studying classical piano. When the classical world started to feel too stuffy, as a teenager she became a karaoke fiend and delved into rock and metal music. That joy of singing and songwriting slowly but surely became a full-on passion and a career path, and after graduating from Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Classical Composition and Contemporary Writing & Production, she settled in Providence RI working as a full-time musician.
Fronting the Boston based Bent Knee, Courtney tours in North America and Europe supporting bands such as HAKEN, Leprous, VOLA, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Thank You Scientist, and more.Bent Knee releases their 5th studio album "You Know What They Mean" via InsideOut/Sony this October.
As a solo artist, Courtney released her 4th studio album "Between Blood and Ocean" in May 2019, performing songs from the record locally, on a West Coast tour, and at the Gouveia Art Rock Festival in Portugal.
Courtney has an extensive list of collaborations that include featured vocals on JP Bouvet's Childish Japes, Car Bomb, and Mortal Kombat 11. In addition to her work as a vocalist, Courtney also works as a keyboard player and music director. In the spring she completed a run of Little Shop of Horrors with The Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.
Kyle will be your rhythm guide for this exciting workshop and jam session with Courtney.
Kyle is the founder of Boston Drum Lessons and also the drummer for Courtney Swain. Kyle has written and arranged drums and percussion on the most recent Courtney Swain release “Between Blood and Ocean” and performed with Courtney at the Gouveia Art Rock festival in Portugal.
Kyle has been drumming for 20 years and outside of teaching, running Boston Drum Lessons and writing music with Ben, he is also actively on tour with the Blue Man Group through North America, Europe and Asia playing drumset and percussion. He’s drummed and worked on 15 albums and has most recently been focused on writing electronic music using the digital sensor drum technology Sensory Percussion for his primary project and writing outlet, Goody Bag.
Kyle also writes and performs with prominent Youtuber Ben Levin in the self titled project Ben Levin Group. Together they’ve worked on 4 different albums together and performed written and improvised music throughout the US.