Jazz Seminar with Lukas Gabric, John Arman, Danny Ziemann, and Mátyás Bartha

Who: All ages, levels, and instruments are welcome!

Date: July 30, 2023

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Klosterruine Arnoldstein (Friedhofsallee 2, 9601 Arnoldstein, Austria)

Participation Fee: EUR 300,- (per person) in person / EUR 300,- (per person) online


The faculty members will discuss integral aspects of improvisation and discuss their educational publications while sharing their experiences and expertise. The seminar will be split into the following six 30-minute segments: (1) Developing Jazz Language and Fluency (Gabric) (2) Rhythm Changes: Approaches to an Essential Song Form (Gabric) (3) Better Ears in 30 Days (Ziemann) (4) Learning and Remembering Songs (Bartha) (5) Stylistic Diversity (Arman) (6) Strategies for Symmetric Scales (Gabric).

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About the Teachers

Austrian tenor saxophonist, composer, and musicologist Dr. Lukas Gabric (1987) is hailed by Thomas Gansch and Joel Frahm as a “master musician” with “breathtaking tenor virtuosity” and already made a mark on the international jazz scene. His performance and pedagogical activities have taken him to the USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Spain, Slovenia, China, South Korea, Mongolia, and Brazil. Throughout his formative years, Dr. Gabric was selected as a member of the European Generations Unit at the biannual Festival in Frauenfeld, Switzerland in 2012. The adjudicators included the jazz icons Louis Hayes, Peter Washington, and David Hazeltine. In 2013 he was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington D.C. In 2014 he won the Best Soloist Award and the Audience Choice Award at the Getxo Jazz Festival in Spain and received the third prize in the finals of the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. In 2016 Dr. Gabric was awarded an Herb Alpert Composer’s Award by the American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for his composition “Fire Dance.” In 2018 he received the Cultural Distinction Award and Bruno Gironcoli Award from his hometown, Villach, which enabled him to produce his album Labor of Love that received positive reviews in eight countries.

In 2019 Lukas Gabric served as an adjudicator o the expert panel for the “New York International Contemporary Music Competition” at The Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College). His playing can be heard on over ten albums and many other recording projects. The album Derek Bermel: Migrations (Naxos, 2019), which Lukas recorded on was GRAMMY-nominated for the best classical composition in 2020. 

Dr. Gabric received a post-graduate Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in New York, where he was a faculty member at the preparatory division between 2014-2021 and he holds a Ph.D. in musicology from The City University of New York, and he served as an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York between 2012-2020. For his studies and artistic work, Lukas Gabric has received scholarships, stipends, prizes, and grants in the amount of half a million USD.  In his Ph.D. dissertation, he explored and analyzed the blues oeuvre of John Coltrane using neo-Schenkerian and Formenlehre-inspired approaches. 

Dr. Gabric has also taught masterclasses and lectures at universities around the globe, published ten method books, several musicological articles, and other educational resources. For his role as a pedagogue and mentor, he was awarded the “Extraordinary Dedication and Achievement in Teaching Distinction” by the American Protégé International Competition at Carnegie Hall in 2019 and received a “Recognition for the Contribution to the Excellence in Music Pedagogy” from the Music and Starts International Competition in 2021. In addition, he has been organizing the Carinthian International Jazz Award since 2018 (www.carinthiajazz.com), which has attracted competitors from 40 countries. Dr. Gabric’s latest album Double Standard (Alessa Records, 2022) entirely features original compositions. 

Danny Ziemann is a bassist and educator from Rochester, New York. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Danny has been freelancing regularly since the age of 16. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and was the bassist in the first Focusyear Artist Diploma band. There he studied and played with luminaries including Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy and others.

Danny also tours regularly with Gordon Webster, records session bass, and serves as a first-call bassist in Western New York. In both 2015 and 2017, he placed 2nd in the International Society of Bassists jazz bass competition.

In addition to a full performing schedule, Danny is a dedicated educator. His jazz bass method books, The Low Down Series, have been met with continued positive support in the bass community. These books have facilitated opportunities to engage as clinician at universities, high schools, and to present at various conferences held both in the US and abroad.  He teaches at SUNY Oswego, the Eastman Community Music School, and has previously taught jazz bass lessons at the Eastman School of Music.

Danny has filmed three excellent courses with us, Walk On, The Bass Player’s Rhythm Workshop, and The Bass Player’s Guide to the Trio. Find out more about Danny below or explore his courses here!

The young and upcoming pianist Mátyás Bartha has performed with internationally recognized artists including Sheila Jordan, Kevin Mahogany, Jim Rotondi, Scott Robinson and Don Menza.

Bartha began playing the piano at age eight in Hungary in his hometown, Szentendre. He completed his studies with Olaf Polziehn at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. There he also had the chance to study with Stjepko Gut, Michael Abene, Dena DeRose and Renato Chicco.

​After university, Bartha spent time in New York City playing piano with jazz musicians such as David Wong and Pat O’Leary. Rossano Sportiello, Michael Kanan, Ray Gallon and Steve Ash became his mentors.

As a young talent, Bartha was twice selected to the Generations in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, He had the chance to study and play with David Hazeltine, Louis Hayes, Peter Washington, Mark Turner and Alex Sipiagin.

Since 2015, Bartha has been an important member of the Vienna jazz scene, where he performs with Martin Breinschmid, Mario Gonzi, Herbert Swoboda and Dorretta Carter. He recorded an album with the Croatian jazz singer Daniel Cacija that led to an international tour including venues such as Smalls in New York City, Jamboree in Barcelona, Bratislava Jazz Days and Jazzkeller in Frankfurt.

Bartha’s projects are evidence of his high respect for all music and his aim to connect traditional jazz with other genres.

John Arman toured with piano legend Richie Beirach and had the good fortune to work with Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Joris Dudli, Harry Sokal, and Jesse Davis, among others. Over the years, John Arman has emerged as one of the brightest young jazz guitarists in Austria and Europe, touring regularly and recording as a sideman with various groups, as well as leading his own organ trio, which released its debut album in 2016. In 2015, the “John Arman Organ Trio” performed at the Lucerne Theater, premiering a concerto written for the trio and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in a sold-out performance. John Arman currently lives in Vienna and teaches guitar at the Conservatory of Tyrol.

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