From Classical to Jazz
GENERAL - DESCRIPTION
The guitar exploration project is an intensive weeklong course focusing on guitar and improvisation. It covers a large number of chapters included in the broad sense of jazz guitar and tries to broaden the musical horizon and the self-knowledge of the student.
It explores the possibilities of the instrument and aims to provide answers to legitimate questions that modern music education does not usually include.
Gt expl project has the ambition to help young musicians who struggle to find their own way, to acquire their own "voice" .The project is open to non-guitarists, to musicians and music educators as well who just want to watch it.
CONTENT - PROGRAMME
The daily schedule includes:
a) lecture-presentation of teaching subjects,
b) practicing in combos with alternating roles
c) private tuition
d) preparation of the presentation concert.
The program will be aligned to searches of participant’s request and can be referred to many different topics such as:
Analysis & synthesis of phrases
Development of the motif
Phrases of more scales – complex phrases
Music identity, personal sound - Signature
Classical Guitar in Jazz
Blues Jazz phrasing, Jazz rock
Comping & Chord solo
Building up the solo -
Playing with open strings microtones on the guitar
Special melodic idioms
Vasilis Rakopoulos was born in Athens Greece. He got his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975 at METSOVION National Technical University of Athens (NTU) and had post graduate studies both in Wave mechanics at DIMOKRITOS NUCLEAR CENTER (1976-78) and in Operational research a at NTU (1979-1980).
During his studies , he had been a professional musician , working as a guitarist and arranger for various record labels. He performed with some of the greatest Greek composers (M.Theodorakis , M.Chajidakis, N.Mamagakis etc) both in Europe and the United States.
Also he had been active within the uprising jazz scene of Athens performing with guests jazz musicians (Rudolf Dasek, Bella Lakatos, Johnny Labizy) winning the guitar player position of the European jazz big band of young musicians.
He lived in Bern-CH (1980-1990) and worked as session guitarist & trumpet player, attending the courses of the professional department of the SJS. He studied counterpoint and fugue with M. Gutesha as well as composition and orchestration with Axel Jungblood. He also took music pedagogy courses at the Bern University.
In 1986 he graduated from SWISS JAZZ SCHOOL (HOCHSCHULE der KUNST/ BERN CONSERVATORY) with a degree in Jazz guitar
Coming back to Greece he developed his personal discography:
1. Roxani (Lyra) 2. Torch dance (e-terra) 3. Iris (protasis)
4. Enotites tris ( universel /muse.gr ) 5. ammon (muse.gr/wave)
He has performed his compositions at Athens Megaron (educational cycle), Helikon festivals of Athens with Egberto Gismonti, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh & Bulgarian voices, Theatre de la Ville – Paris (Iris group), international jazz festival of Rome, A-fes Skopje, international jazz festivals of Athens & Thessaloniki, opening events of Olympic games 2004 Heraklion Kreta.
He has got a vast teaching experience. He currently works as professor of Jazz Guitar and Functional Harmony at Ionian University.
Concerning his compositional work, the thematology and musical idioms used, have multicultural influences, the main characteristic being his reference to the Greek ancient Drama principals and his preference to the classical forms (for more details: “Greek Composers Dictionary” of A.Symeonides).