“Kevin Harris is the consummate professional! While he is clearly one of the world’s most impressive contemporary jazz pianists, I was most impressed with his professionalism as a jury member on our International Piano Competition. Kevin displayed superb knowledge of the adjudication process and was one of most collegial and fair jurors I have ever encountered. There is little doubt that Kevin fully understands both the performance and pedagogy of jazz piano at an international level. Aside from his outstanding capabilities as a performer and adjudicator, I was most impressed with his commitment to working with disadvantaged youth in South Africa. It is refreshing to find an individual at this performance and teaching level that is committed to changing the lives of disadvantaged youth through music. Kevin…..you are truly an inspiration! ”
Karendra Devroop, Artistic Director – Unisa International Music Competitions, Professor of Music – University of South Africa
“During the artist workshop at Bilgi University,
not only you have addressed the problems in a relatively short amount of time, but also had the appetite for a wide variety of musical styles and reminded us
how constructive criticism would make a difference in the world of education.”
Tolga Ozdemir, Professor of Music at Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
“The way he spoke welcomed and included us in the experience, as though we were part of the ensemble.
Made me very glad to be there!”
Angela Beeching, Strategic Career & Business Advising for Creatives
“The trio was very interactive and creative in
its presentation of ‘communication through improvised music’. The band made the connecting similarities between
communication and improvised music throughout American history. Great Job!”
Kia Lebeau, Multiculture Specialist for Needham Public Schools, MA
Deeply committed to the teaching of America’s improvised classical music - jazz, Kevin Harris has developed a captivating educational program that is creative, entertaining, and effective.
Nationally and internationally, audiences are continually impressed with Kevin’s combination approach of playing exciting music intertwined with the discussion of historical, musical, and cultural importance of each rhythm and style. His workshops are sure to bring the participants to a higher level of musical appreciation and understanding.
After an upbringing steeped in the black gospel experience and completion of his B.A. in Music Education (Morehead State, KY), Kevin Harris has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Danilo Perez, Ran Blake, George Garzone, Cecil MacBee, Mike Cain, and Fred Hersch.
Since 2003, Kevin Harris has presented a variety of workshops: from improvisation, to musicianship, rhythm section, influence of gospel music, and ensemble dialogue, in an innovating form and with originality.
Kevin and his ensemble have held workshops nationally and internationally.
Programs are carefully structured and taught through examples of call and response, question and answer opportunities, movement with rhythm, and performance, all serving as fundamental tools to help create a well informed audience.
Currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music, and an MIT's affiliated artist, he has also collaborated with Northeastern University, the Warsaw Conservatory, Istanbul's Bilgi University, Morris University (IL) and other prominent scholastic institutions.
His unique gift of being a talanted listener, passionate improviser, lover of swing and afro-latin rhythyms is highly appreciated at all his performances and workshops.
Currently on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music, and an MIT's affiliated artist, Kevin Harris has collaborated with:
• Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
• The Warsaw Conservatory (Warsaw, Poland)
• Bilgi University (Istanbul, Turkey)
• Morris University (USA)
• Danilo Perez Foundation (Panama City, Panama)
• Collegio San Carlo (Milan, Italy)
• Bilingual European School (Monza, Italy)
• Sir James Henderson School (Milan, Italy)
• Musicschool of Hafnarfjordur (Reykjavik, Iceland)
• Carl Nielsen Academy of Music (Odense, Denmark)
• Shanghai Concert Hall Youth Orchestra (Shanghai, China)
• The Jerusalem Academy of Music (Jerusalem, Israel)
• Berklee @ Valencia (Valencia, Spain)
• Berklee @ Umbria Jazz Fest (Perugia, Italy)
• Conservatorio Nacional de Musica (Lima, Peru)
• UNISA (Pretoria, South Africa)
• Hult Business School (Cambridge, MA)
• The Honolulu Youth Jazz Orchestra (Honolulu, HI)
and other prominent scholastic institutions.
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