Masterclass year 2015

In 2001, the Saint Louis Music Center hosted a series of extraordinary Masterclasses taught by national and international artists, students had the honor of learning directly from the best in their field, honing their skills and gaining valuable perspectives. These experiences shaped their artistic paths and helped define the future of music in St. Louis.


Kim Plainfield taught private lessons and taught courses at the NYC Drummers Collective from 1979 until his passing. For much of that period, he served as faculty president. His dedication and expertise have left an indelible imprint on the local music community, inspiring generations of drummers. His passion for music and his commitment to teaching will remain an enduring legacy, continuing to influence and motivate drum enthusiasts around the world. Kim Plainfield will be remembered not only as an outstanding teacher, but also as a mentor and icon in the drumming world.


Roberto Gatto is a renowned Italian drummer who is particularly well-known in the jazz scene. He has collaborated with a wide range of internationally renowned artists, including Luca Flores, George Coleman, Enrico Pieranunzi, Lanfranco Malaguti, Chet Baker, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Billy Cobham, Richard Galliano, Joe Zawinul, Pat Metheny, and Michael Brecker. His versatility and mastery have allowed him to range between different styles and genres of music, contributing significantly to the jazz scene both in Italy and abroad. Gatto is appreciated not only for his impeccable technique, but also for his musical sensitivity and his ability to adapt to the diverse artistic needs of his collaborators.


In 1995, Kurt Rosenwinkel received the Composer’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and signed a contract with Verve Records. He has since collaborated with the likes of Mark Turner, Brad Mehldau and many others, both as a leader and accompanist. His 2005 album, “Deep Song,” features Mehldau and Joshua Redman. Among his most significant works are “The Enemies of Energy,” “The Next Step,” and the more experimental “Heartcore.” Rosenwinkel is known for his innovative approach to jazz guitar, blending traditional elements with modern influences, creating a unique and distinctive sound that continues to inspire musicians and fans worldwide.


Jens Nørholm has a solid foundation in rhythm music, primarily as a pianist but also as a drummer, composer and arranger. His main musical language ranges from classical jazz to R/B and Brazilian jazz. Jens has been taught by artists such as Carl Schoeder, Butch Lazy, Ed Thigpen, and Bo Steif. In new trends he studied with Kevin King, Gail Johnson and Scott Kinsey. He has played and recorded with both national and international musicians, including Robben Ford, Alex Acuna, Justo Almario, Frank Gambale, Jimmy Haslip, and Scott Mayo. His versatility and experience make him a highly sought-after musician, able to adapt to a variety of musical styles and contexts.


Barbara Casini, singer, guitarist and songwriter, has dedicated more than 30 years to the study and dissemination of Brazilian popular music. With long stays in Brazil, she has delved into the culture of this vast country, earning the esteem of local artists who consider her an ambassador of their music to the world. A prominent collaborator on the Italian and international jazz scene (and beyond), she has worked with the likes of Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Toninho Horta and Guinga. His passion for Brazilian music is reflected in his repertoire and performances, which are a fusion of tradition and innovation, masterfully carrying forward Brazil’s rich musical heritage.


John Macaluso played a significant role in several bands, including TNT from 1990 to 1992, Ark from 1990 to 2002 and again from 2009 to 2011, and Riot V from 1995 to 1997. In 2013, he replaced Jason Rullo during a tour with Symphony X while Rullo was hospitalized with heart problems.
He also played with Yngwie Malmsteen on the albums “Alchemy” (1999), “War to End All Wars” (2000) and “Anthology” (2002), as well as collaborated with James LaBrie and Nicko McBrain. His musical versatility and technical skills have made him a sought-after and respected musician in the international metal scene.


Nicola Piovani, is a renowned Italian pianist, composer and conductor. Famous for his soundtracks, he has collaborated with some of the greatest directors in Italian cinema, earning an Oscar in 1999 for the soundtrack to the film “Life is Beautiful” directed by Roberto Benigni. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards including four David di Donatello, four Soundtrack awards, four Nastri d’Argento, two Ciak d’Oro, the Golden Globe of the Foreign Press, and the Elsa Morante Award. His music has contributed significantly to the success and recognition of Italian cinema internationally.


Gabriel Paiuk is a composer, sound artist, pianist and researcher involved in the ways we listen. His work takes the form of sound installations, works for musical instruments and electronic sources, and collaborations with other disciplines. Through his music, Paiuk explores the nuances of listening and the relationships between sound and environment, creating immersive experiences that challenge conventions and invite audiences to reflect on their auditory perceptions. With a wide range of creative approaches, Paiuk continues to explore new sonic territories and challenge the boundaries between music, art and science, leaving a distinctive mark on the contemporary art scene.