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Music Masters Mentorship Program

East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship employs master performers and composers in rock music, jazz, world music and classical music to mentor small groups of talented high school students from across Long Island school districts. Through one-on-one learning opportunities with masters in the music field, the students are given training in rehearsal and performance skills, in addition to recording, marketing, composition and songwriting. They leave with life-long relationships and friendships, as well as portfolio materials to assist them in future endeavors, including their pursuit of post-graduate education.


Thank you to the participants and mentors for the MUSIC MASTERS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM in January - February 2017 with international celebrity musician BAKITHI KUMALO, longtime bassist for Paul Simon
A small ensemble of music students age 14 through 18 participated in this intensive workshop with professional South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo and piano accompanist David Bravo. This full scholarship, tuition-free program allows selected students to participate in an ensemble of talent, under the guidance of a music industry professional.


Music Masters Mentorship Concert with Bakithi Kumalo & David Bravo, held on February 11, 2017 at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Thank you to David Bravo and his family for recording and producing this video!


CHECK OUT this video about the program with Bakithi Kumalo recorded and produced by Randee Daddona at Newsday!
Published Monday, February 6, 2017


AND this video by Krysten Massa from Riverhead News-Review / northforker about the program with Bakithi Kumalo!
Published Thursday, January 12, 2017



More Information about Bakithi Kumalo, bass player for Paul Simon
2017 Music Masters Mentor

Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. He has been active as well as a solo artist, with four albums to his credit – 1998’s San’Bonan, 2000’s In Front of My Eyes, 2008’s Transmigration, and 2011’s Change – as well as three award-winning children’s albums recorded with his wife, vocalist Robbi Kumalo. Kumalo’s bass-playing history began in Soweto where he grew up surrounded by music. “I picked up the bass early and realized I could follow the groove of a tune with it. I could play the bass lines from a cappella music, and I learned how to develop lines based on the left-hand work of accordion players in the township bands.”


East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship Program is sponsored by Olivia and Harlan Fischer.
 



A Look Back...


Past Program:

INTENSIVE SOUL & R&B VOCAL ENSEMBLE WORKSHOPS Fall 2015

A select group of music students age 14 through 18 participated in this intensive workshop with professional vocalist Anastasia René. This full scholarship, tuition-free program allows selected students to participate in an ensemble of talent, under the guidance of a music industry professional.

 

CHECK OUT this great article about the program in Newsday!
LI Life Section | Sunday, November 17, 2013

Music Masters String Ensemble Fellowship, Fall 2013 - Mentored by Professional Cellist and Conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes
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Video from the 2011 Music Masters Fellowship program - the group decided to give a sample of their talent at East End Arts Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival!



For more information, contact the East End Arts School: 631-369-2171 or education@eastendarts.org