Masterclass with Patrick Breiner – hosted by Nicholas Dyson
Sax players from CYJO , (Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra), will be performing for and receiving feedback from Patrick. There will be a brief performance either solo, or with the CYJO rhythm section. Patrick will be discussing improvisation and performance technique. This masterclass is highly recommended for saxophone and instrumental students.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2012 – 1:00 PM
TICKETS $15/STUDENTS $10
953 GLADSTONE AVENUE
“…a fiery brigand… Adopting a kind of manic two-step, he rocked furiously between his front and back feet in a mesmeric dance with his own constantly evolving improvisations.” – David Fitzgerald, Athens Flagpole
Patrick Breiner, originally from Baltimore, received a BFA in Jazz Performance from New School University in May 2006. While at the New School he studied with saxophone greats such as Tony Malaby, Eric Alexander, Dave Glasser, Rich Perry, and George Garzone and saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed. These teachers as well as pianists Armen Donelian, Junior Mance, and John Hicks; saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom; drummer Billy Hart; trumpeter Charles Toliver; and bassists Reggie Workman and Andy McKee helped shape Patrick’s approach to playing and composing music.
A veteran of New York’s jazz scene, Patrick is also an active member in groups as varied as Billy Hart’s “Academy” band (jazz quintet), Bing and Ruth (live ambient music), NOOK (instrumental/improvisational rock), Basement Magic (jazz trio), Sauce (classical/jazz/dance fusion), Volker Goetze’s Big Band and Quintet (modern jazz), Solomon Douglas’s Swingtet (swing era dance band), and Myk Freedman’s Suit and Whistle Sound Band (jazz/folk/circus/klezmer).
Patrick can be heard on recordings by Bing and Ruth, NOOK, Jean Rohe, Solomon Douglas Swingtet and a CD of his own solo saxophone compositions entitled Vartan Mamigonian.
“He is a remarkably mature and sensitive player and improvises in a wide range of musical styles and contexts.” – Madison Music Collective
“I walked in just as Patrick Breiner blew a startling, corkscrewing, unaccompanied improvisation on tenor sax that lasted for minutes without a break. It was an impressive feat… and it served notice that Breiner is a force to be reckoned with.”
- Dean Robbins, The Daily Page