B. Mus. (York)
B.Ed (York) in-progress
David Zada is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, who plays, variously, drums, piano, or his own voice, in clubs, festivals, fundraisers, churches, and other venues about the city.
Zada graduated from York University’s jazz program in 2015, having received the Olive Lower Prize in Jazz Piano in his final year. He hopes to continue making people dance and smile for as long as possible.*
Get to know David…Beyond the Bio!
Hobbies: I like stand-up comedy, singing with other people (anything from choir to karaoke), and petting dogs!
Musical influences: My earliest influences come from the interrelated worlds of jazz, classic rock, country, and folk. Mainly: Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, The Doors, Queen, and so on. But I’m always absorbing whatever I’m exposed to, learning and adapting, as is necessary.
Favourite food: Anything spicy!
Least favourite food: Cooked spinach.
Favourite music: I’m REALLY into neo-soul right now. Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, and Hiatus Kaiyote exemplify this style for me.
Favourite song: Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life, especially as performed by Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane’s Quartet.
Favourite movie: Twelve Monkeys is up there.
Favouirite movie music: Bernard Hermann’s score from Psycho is a personal favourite.
Favourite musical theatre/opera: Favourite show: Cabaret (Kander & Ebb). Favourite Opera: Satyagraha (Phillip Glass).
Best quote from your teacher: “Now I know this all sounds overwhelming, but I’ll show you what to listen to, what to listen for…what to listen six.” – Kelly Jefferson
Favourite quote: “I’d rather be one of the few than one of the many. […] If I was suddenly to become popular, I’d have to think that something was wrong with me.” – Barry Harris
Favourite book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Best thing about teaching at ABC: I find the students are excited about the instrument, and willing to learn. That’s all I ask!
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Katheline – Work on all major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales. Focusing on noticing the relationship between the minors and their relative majors. ie, G natural minor and Bb major share all the same notes, and you only have to alter 1 or 2 to get harmonic or melodic minor. Also, push forward in both books.
Daniel – Work on the songs from the book, and also work on C-D-E-F-G-F-E-D-C with both hands.
Gavin – Work on legato and staccato pentascales in C, G and D major, as well as A minor. Quarter note = 100BPM with the metronome. Broken chord sequence in C major, with 3 notes per click at 60BPM. Solid chord sequence in C major in half notes at 72BPM.
Yoan – Work on playing to Ms. Jackson. Practice isolating limbs (just right hand, just right foot, just left hand) or combinations of limbs (just hands, just right side, etc.). Pay close attention to making sure each part of the beat lines up together. Soundcorset metronome and tuner is an excellent app, I highly recommend using it. Additionally, see if you can find other songs that a similar beat would work over. Any genre.
Daniel – Practice the first five songs in your book. Practice singing songs (Yellow Submarine, Teddy Bear Picnic, etc.) and tapping the pulse along with the song.
Pablo – Continue to play the ‘Engine Engine Number Nine’ song while tapping RLR-RLR-RLR with your hands. Also continue to play the two beats we have discussed. All of this is available in earlier homework posts.
Avril – Play the I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-vii0 chords for keys F, C, G, D, A, E, B major, and some of the black key major keys as well if you dare. Experiment with chord voicings on Autumn Leaves. Take note of any interesting ideas you come up with, and any areas where you need help. Bring your findings next week.
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