CC welcomes you to the session, details his process for forming new band The Vigil, and discusses the basic philosophy of this workshop.
Performance: “CC Workshop Opening Groove”
2: Sequencing + Demo Recordings
CC lets you hear his own original demos for two tunes from his CD The Vigil, and talks about the sequencing software he uses.
Performances: "Galaxy 32, Star 4"; "Portals to Forever"
3: Improvisation + Form
Two questions on improvisation: How CC gets new harmonic and melodic ideas into his improvisation? And does he practice his solos before going into the studio?
Performances: "Portals to Forever”; “Royalty”
CC discusses Flamenco and jazz, familiarizing yourself with genres of music and performing with musicians from different backgrounds.
CC demonstrates how he introduces new harmonic ideas during a performance of Monk’s "Bemsha Swing" with the workshop trio.
Performance: "Bemsha Swing"
6: Composing + Creativity
CC answers the questions: When playing another composer’s work, what’s the right balance of originality with your own interpretation? Do you keep your audience in mind when composing?
7: Venue Preference
CC names his favorite kind of venue, and lays out how he tries to make any concert space comfortable.
CC discusses long-form composition and the influence of Béla Bartok, as well as others, and provides insight into his own tune “La Fiesta.”
Performance: “La Fiesta”
9: Rhythmic Displacement
Constantly evolving rhythmic changes are a hallmark of CC's sound. With the band, he demonstrates how he introduces these modifications.
Performances: “CC Workshop Vamp”; “Fingerprints”
10: Choosing Bandmates
How does CC find the musicians he wants to work with? Hear Chick's answer and hear it from his workshop bandmates, Carlitos and Richie.
Staying in communication with your band is absolutely essential to maintaining focus onstage, according to CC. Hear how he manages it.
12: Musical Independence
CC tells the story of how, at age 5, he realized he wanted to be his own artist.
13: Chord Voicings
CC demonstrates his unique approach to choosing a chord voicing for any tune.
Performance: “CC Workshop Progression”
14: Reharmonizing, pt. 2 + Intervals
CC uses his tunes “Bud Powell" and “Spain” to show examples of harmonic deviation. The trio’s rendition of Monk’s classic “Blue Monk” illustrates the color of various intervals.
Performances: "Bud Powell”; “Spain”; “Blue Monk”
15: Creating Scales
CC talks about scales and arpeggios, and shows how to apply them during improvisation.
Performance: “CC Workshop Groove”
16: Creating Tunes from Short Ideas
Short but clear musical ideas can emerge from anywhere. CC shows how to turn them into full-fledged compositions.
Performance: “CC Workshop Lick”
17: 500 Miles High
Gayle Moran Corea joins CC and the band for a jam on Chick's tune "500 Miles High."
Performance: "500 Miles High"
18: Improvisation to Composition
Moving from improv to composing can be a leap. CC talks about how he manages it: playing outside the changes.
Performance: “CC Workshop C-Minor Mood”
19: Music Education
CC lays out his own opinions on formal music education v. self-training.
20: Fingering + Touch
CC demonstrates his concept of the fingers as "10 little drummers" and how to uniquely apply that to the 88 keys of the piano. And how to get a nice soft sound.
21: La Fiesta + Outro
CC and the band close Day 1 with a performance of "La Fiesta."
Performance: “La Fiesta”