The lecture entitled “Color Palette: Influences of Impressionism in Jazz Harmony”.
Jazz music typically conceived harmony in a prevailing vertical approach (tonal), defining the basic information about chords (tonic, third, fifth, seventh). However, as taken from French Impressionism, harmony can be approached in a horizontal manner (modal), initially considering the mode/scale instead of its guide tones (third and seven), which define the chord family. Impressionist music follows the same concept employed by Impressionist paintings, giving just an “impression” of the figure represented, with no hierarchy (no sound is more important that the other) and without specifically outlining its characteristics. Jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, and George Russell, incorporated an impressionist approach into jazz harmony in their music. Accordingly, these artists pushed boundaries and introduced a new sound to jazz. Contemporary jazz musicians regularly incorporate classical music concepts (including impressionism) in their music as the stylistic division lines across genres have become blurred over time. This primary characteristic defines jazz music as an art form that is all encompassing – combining a variety of music resources to develop a creative (and often spontaneous) musical expression.
Iñaki Sandoval is Professor of Jazz Music and Director of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. Formerly, he has served as Director of the Jazz Department (2003–2015) and Dean of Graduate Studies (2013–2015) at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain. He is a pianist and composer, with bachelor’s degrees in both Classical (Liceu Conservatory, 1998) and Jazz Piano Performance (Berklee College of Music, 2000), master’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance (University of Nevada in Las Vegas, 2002) and PhD in Art History and Musicology (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2013). Over the last two decades, he has developed a strong artistic career, performing all over the world, collaborating and recording with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart, Bob Mintzer, Greg Badolato, Carles Benavent, Horacio Fumero, Peer Wyboris, Sizao Machado, David Xirgu, Joan Albert Amargós, Jordi Bonell, and Llibert Fortuny. He has published five albums as a leader (Sausolito, 2005; Usaquen, 2008; Miracielos, 2011; Electric Trio Live, 2015; Estonian Suite: Live in Tallinn, 2017), and is preparing the upcoming publication of the Estonian Trilogy (Winter Poems, Mimesis, Harmonic Etudes), three studio albums which will be released in 2018. In 2009 he founded the record label Bebyne Records (www.bebyne.com), producing albums for world-class artists including Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart, Carles Benavent, Stefan Karlsson, along with several emerging artists as well. Iñaki Sandoval is a Steinway Artist and endorsed by Roland Electronic Instruments.
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There will be a live webcast of the lecture, which can be viewed on the university’s video portal www.uttv.ee