Masterclass year 2018

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.


Entertainment legislation, Siae and Enpals: a workshop by Alceste Ayroldi outlining the basic laws of the music and entertainment industry to navigate artistic contracts, copyrights and image protection.
Alceste Ayroldi, studied classical guitar and drums. A law graduate cum laude, he is a tenured lecturer, essayist, music critic, musicologist, and veejay. He is professor of Music Research at the University West Of Scotland. He is an artistic producer and consultant to the communication of numerous cultural realities in the Italian territory. He is a regular contributor to the prestigious magazine Musica Jazz, as well as Editor Manager of the webzine Jazzitalia and editor of the web version of Musica Jazz magazine.


Who is Mrs. Smith? She is a philanthropist, poet of sound, and the world’s least likely guitar hero. Reigning queen of the “Your Life Contest,” she played at the “Guitar Gods Festival” in Miami opening for Rock legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai.
His first approach to musical life was playing on the streets of New York, London, and Los Angeles, and a Facebook live stream of his super-shred performance of Joe Satriani’s “Surfing with the Alien” was shared by Guitar World, going viral and racking up 1.2 million views.
Mrs. Smith has not stopped since and has spawned a series of funny and delightful music videos, musical instrument reviews, and surreal memes for millions of views. Meanwhile, she was included for her uniqueness in the Gucci advertisement directed by successful artist and model Petra Collins, accompanied by the Baustelle soundtrack.


Considered a rising star on the American scene today, Benito emphasizes how this was made possible by following in the footsteps of his ancestors, then blending rhythms from around the world with very straightforward jazz. His magic touch on the piano, whether he plays ballads or swing pieces, makes him beloved everywhere.
Benito Gonzales has been recognized as an exciting pianist and composer since his debut album “Starting Point,” which came first in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.
On the highly acclaimed second album “Circles (with Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts), he emerges as a leader and great improviser.
Recently, Benito received much critical attention for his work “Seeds for Underground” at Garrett’s Grammi-Nominated.


During the master class, Andrew West, a lecturer at the Leeds College of Music (UK) and author of the book “The Art of Songwriting,” will explain the different ways in which it is possible to write songs that are communicative and are able to convey emotions in the listener.
The master class is aimed not only at songwriters, but also at producers and musicians who work with them and want to learn more about the different tools available to a songwriter to create and structure a song that is “communicative.”


Tollak Ollestad is an American harmonica player, singer, keyboardist and composer. He is best known for his signature harmonica performance in the theme of the television series Northern Exposure and for recordings with artists such as Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, Natalie Cole, Gino Vannelli, Dave Grusin, and Billy Idol, among others. His live performance skills have led him to share the stage with major touring artists. With his mastery of the harmonica and his musical eclecticism, Ollestad has left a significant imprint on the music scene, distinguishing himself through his engaging performances and his ability to enrich recordings with his voice and multifaceted talent.


Class with metal guitarist Paul Gilbert. A clinic will be held at the House of Jazz on Tuesday, April 4, during which Paul Gilbert will share the secrets of his technique with participants, alternating between teaching and jam sessions.
Appreciated for his speed and technique, Paul Gilbert is best known for playing for several years in Racer X as well as for being among the founding members of Mr. Big, which he left in 1996 to devote himself primarily to his solo career.
Over the years he has collaborated with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci on the G3 project, with George Lynch and Richie Kotzen for the Guitar Generation Tour, and many others.
He was ranked 4th by GuitarOne in its list of the greatest shredders of all time, while Guitar World mentioned him among the 50 fastest guitarists of all time.


Dean Brown graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1977. During that time in Boston, he performed with his own groups and also with Tiger’s Baku, replacing Mike Stern in that group, before moving to New York around 1980 and joining Billy Cobham’s band.
From 1982 until his death, Brown recorded and/or toured worldwide with his own projects, as well as with artists such as Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, Roberta Flack, Bob James, Joe Zawinul, George Duke, Victor Bailey, Bill Evans, and Steve Smith’s Vital Information.


Master Class with Chihiro Yamanaka, among the most prominent pianists on the contemporary jazz scene.
Swing, rhythm, fender rhodes scattered among the folds of his songs. An endless merry-go-round of never obvious, surprising musical solutions. All seasoned with enviable piano technique and impeccable style. So it happens that Chihiro Yamanaka’s music can be listened to that is a pleasure, between standards and original themes that know how to be appreciated.
Another not insignificant detail is her sense of melody, some critics comparing her to Petrucciani, others to Oscar Peterson. It is no coincidence that she is one of the young musicians most in demand by the international jazz elite.


Sivan Arbel is an Israeli vocalist, band leader, composer and arranger based in Brooklyn, NY. “Sivan” is distinguished by an infectious jazz-fusion style and a vibrant and powerful live performance.
Born with a profound passion for music and dance, “Sivan’s” style is a fresh mix that harmoniously blends her Israeli-Mediterranean-Middle Eastern roots with international rhythmic influences, a refined jazz auteur language with scat arrangements and improvisations, in English and Hebrew, all seasoned with groovy rhythms that accompany her dance movements on stage; each of his live performances propels audiences to dance and have fun, from the smallest clubs to festivals around the world, overcoming language barriers and cultural boundaries, thanks to an atmosphere that combines music, movement, dance, pleasure and fun.