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Instruments: Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Latin Percussion, Music, Djembe
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Salsa, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Max R In Home In Studio
Instruments: Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Latin Percussion, Music, Djembe
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Salsa, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Master Degree: Berklee College of Music (Global Jazz Institute)

Awards:

Full Scholarship to Berklee College of Music for both undergrad and graduate degree

Boston Music Awards nominee 2020

Performed with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall

Signed to Spanish Record Label "Sedajazz"

Overview:

Hi! I am a musician, composer and educator based in Boston. I first started participating in music by singing in the school choir and playing bass guitar in a punk band after school. I began my formal studies in high school at the Boston Arts Academy and it was there that I first fell in love with improvised music and the upright bass. While at Boston Arts Academy, I was selected out of many other young musicians to perform at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops three years in a row. Also during these years, I joined the Berklee City Music program and was able to travel to New York to play for Quincy Jones and his foundation. I was awarded full-tuition scholarships to study at Berklee College of Music for both an undergraduate and graduate degree, earning my graduate degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the direction of master pianist and educator Danilo Perez. An equally important part of my education was down the street from Berklee at Boston’s historic Wally’s Jazz Cafe. I began going to jam sessions there in high school and more recently, have been the house bass player every Friday and Saturday night with the Jason Palmer Band. I have shared the stage with renown musicians such as Jeff Coffin, Kenny Werner, Tia Fuller, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack Dejohnette, Bruce Molsky, Perico Sambeat, Walter Smith III and Jerry Bergonzi. I have performed in venues such as the Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Umbria Jazz Festival. I have played many different styles of music all over the US, Canada and Europe, traveling by plane and staying in hotels, as well as by van and sleeping on couches and floors. Today I am active in New England as a sideman, leader and co-leader for many different groups, both on stage and in the recording studio. I also teach music as a guest lecturer at different colleges around New England (such as Longy School of Music and the University of New Hampshire) and at the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy. I have also spent some time living in Valencia Spain and consider that to be my second home and musical community.

EXPERIENCE

Music is the most magical thing in the world to me and what I love most. I am able to play for a living because somebody taught me how. To be able to pass on what I have learned about music to somebody else is something I do not take lightly and consider it an honor. I began teaching music in high school and stopped in college once I realized how little I knew about the instrument myself. It took me until graduate school (5 years later) to begin teaching again because I had to be sure I wasn't going to pass on any harmful or incorrect information. Everything that I teach, I have tried out for myself in many different musical situations. If I don't know something or am not sure, I will be the first to tell the student and then try to refer them to a colleague who has an in-depth knowledge of what they are looking for.

METHODS USED

My basic philosophy is that the human body is the musical instrument first and foremost. Whatever musical instrument one is learning to play is just the machine or vehicle for the music to be expressed through. No matter what the student is learning to play, I try to have them hear it in their head first, sing it (regardless of whether or not they consider themselves singers) and then play it on the instrument. This gets the whole body and brain engaged in the process and leads to learning things more quickly as well as retaining them longer because they are stored in multiple places of memory. I also encourage students to walk in tempo with whatever music they are learning to become more aware of the dance element, if they don't dance already. I believe dance and music are two ways of expressing the same thing, and you cannot have one without the other.

LESSON STYLE

I began playing out professionally when I was very young and before I really knew what I was doing. As a result, I injured myself pretty badly. This began a years-long process of rebuilding my relationship with my body, my instrument and music in general. I studied a few holistic processes (Alexander Technique/tai chi/different types of yoga) all in an effort to build a more sustainable relationship with my instrument and music. I am so thankful for that experience now because it has made me the teacher I am today. I have an in-depth knowledge of what different muscles and joints are engaged in the exercises I teach my students as well as how to hold your body in these different types of exercises. I encourage students to go at their own pace, and never push themselves if they are feeling sore, tired or like something isn't right. Music should be something all people should be able to enjoy doing for their whole lives, regardless of age, learning style or body type.

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