Jazz and Latin Music Classes at Outpost Performance Space

Geoffrey Scovil, a habeas corpus attorney practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an active member of his community. Geoffrey Scovil supports a number of Albuquerque-based organizations, including the Outpost Performance Space, through which he sponsored a performance from the jazz group, Ralph Alessi’s Baida Quartet.

Dedicated to enriching the community with a wide range of musical and visual presentations, the Outpost Performance Space has served as the non-smoking, non-alcohol home of Outpost Productions since 1990. Beyond the variety of performances it hosts, the organization offers a range of educational programs designed to help youth and adults enjoy the arts in a more hands-on capacity.

To this end, the Outpost Performance Space offers jazz and Latin music classes. The classes are taught by a team consisting of a pianist, drummer, percussionist, and saxophonist. Designed to build cooperation and positive attitudes, each class accommodates no more than 12 students, aged 10 and up.

Outpost separates its classes by youth and adult students and most courses include two five-week sessions. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to class; however, the space does provide guitar and bass amplifiers along with a drum set and piano. At the end of the second session, all students perform a recital for their friends and family.


The Pompeiian Roots of the Brick Pizza Oven

A well-established Albuquerque, New Mexico, attorney, Geoffrey Scovil performs indigent criminal defense, with an emphasis on protecting his clients’ constitutional rights. A culinary enthusiast, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys vegetarian dining in Albuquerque and has a particular passion for brick oven pizza.

The history of using brick ovens for cooking pizza’s precursors extends to the Roman era, with some 33 ovens having been discovered among the ruins of Pompeii. These ovens were situated within retail establishments and grouped within neighborhoods that likely fulfilled the same function as today’s food courts.

The ancient Pompeii ovens had tempered two-inch thick terra cotta tile as a flooring material. The dome was constructed of bricks laid to create a sturdy spherical enclosure. A layer of mortar an inch thick encased the brickwork, trapping heat for high-temperature cooking. This represented a feat of engineering comparable to modern brick ovens that was not fully replicated for centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire. Indeed, Italian pizza ovens constructed in the countryside prior to World War II often featured stone construction instead of terra cotta and brick.

Best Times for Visiting New York City

Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has nearly two decades of legal experience and is committed to protecting his clients’ constitutional rights and providing indigent criminal defense. In his free time, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque, and he has been to such domestic destinations as San Francisco, Portland, and New York City.

There is no real off-season when it comes to visiting New York City, but depending on the budget for your trip, some months are better than others. Typically, hotel prices are cheaper between January and April and from July to August because of the cold winters and high summer humidity. The Christmas season is one of the most expensive times to visit the city, as are spring and fall.

In terms of activities, summer often brings free admission to a number of cultural institutions, such as the Lincoln Center, while fall and winter typically have the highest number of theater and performing arts shows. Getting tickets for Broadway shows is easiest near the beginning of the year, while getting reservations at the city’s best restaurants is easiest during the weekends in July and August. New York City also hosts numerous annual events, including Shakespeare in the Park in June, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March, and the New York Film Festival in September.

Top Books by Haruki Murakami

A habeas corpus attorney with his own solo practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil is a leading contractor for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. When he is not busy protecting the constitutional rights of his clients in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys reading, and his current favorite author is Haruki Murakami.

The works of Japanese magical realist fiction writer Haruki Murakami have been translated and sold in countries around the world and have been best-sellers in Japan and internationally. The following are just a few of Murakami’s best novels.

1Q84. Focusing on a fictional cult called Sakigake, 1Q84 follows two heroes as they come together before the backdrop of Sakigake’s attempt to connect with earth spirits. The novel is the first in which Murakami deals with fringe religious groups and focuses on the idea that an individual’s entire life can change as the result of just one action.

Norwegian Wood. Responsible for Murakami’s sudden rise in fame, Norwegian Wood is set in 1960s Tokyo and focuses on the story of a man who is caught between his relationship with a mentally disturbed woman and his lust for another woman. The novel was particularly popular among students during the 1980s when it was published.

A Wild Sheep Chase. Seamlessly incorporating Japanese religious traditions, A Wild Sheep Chase showcases themes of post-WWII Japanese cultural identity through the lens of a mock detective story. The hero remains unnamed, and the novel follows him as he takes on a large syndicate that has its hands in both business and politics.

Haruki Murakami Republishes Original Novellas Wind and Pinball

With more than 15 years of experience helping to defend the constitutional rights of his clients, attorney Geoffrey Scovil operates his private Albuquerque practice and contracts with the New Mexico Public Defender Department. Away from representing his Albuquerque-area clients, Geoffrey Scovil pursues a variety of interests and enjoys reading fiction by Haruki Murakami.

The author of such works as 19Q4 and Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami recently published a compilation of his debut and sophomore novellas–Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973–together titled Wind/Pinball. In 1979, the former earned the Gunzou Literature Prize, awarded to emerging writers, and established the foundation for The Trilogy of The Rat, with Pinball, 1973, serving as the first sequel.

Available in a new English translation, Wind/Pinball explores themes of loneliness and obsession through the lives of man called the Rat and a nameless narrator. Additionally, Murakami has written a new introduction that details his decision to write professionally and his early creative processes.

Three Italian Festival Opportunities for the Month of November

Geoffrey Scovil is the sole practitioner at his defense law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he concentrates on habeas corpus law. When not busy with his professional responsibilities in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling internationally to such locations as Italy, which offers visitors a variety of festival opportunities throughout the month of November.

Truffle and Chestnut Fairs. Truffle and chestnut festivals occur frequently throughout Italy during November, and Italians consider the truffle the festival star of the month. Restaurants often offer specials menus featuring the two items, making fall one of the most optimal seasonal times for Italian cuisine. Notable truffle events include the Alba White Truffle Festival in the Piedmont town of Alba and the San Miniato Truffle Fair in Tuscany.

Cioccolatò chocolate festival. Held annually in the city of Turin, the Cioccolatò festival highlights the history of Italy’s chocolate-making traditions. The two-week event attracts hundreds of chocolatiers from throughout Europe and features a range of entertainment events and chocolate demonstrations, with a focus on traditional Piedmontese chocolate.

Music Festivals. November serves as the host for one of the Italian capital’s largest cultural events: the Romaeuropa Festival. A month-long festival celebrated throughout Rome, Romaeuropa is a multi-artistic fair that features dozens of performances and theater exhibitions. In addition, November is also the start of opera season for many of Italy’s top opera houses.

The Basic Characteristics of Jazz Music

An accomplished lawyer in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil focuses on habeas corpus law and protecting the constitutional rights of citizens. When he’s not busy with his professional responsibilities, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys listening to jazz music.

Although defining jazz is often more individual than universal, the genre is distinguished by a few basic traits. Improvisation is an important part of jazz music. As many jazz musicians perform, they are also spontaneously composing a fresh version of the piece. This results in parts of the music sounding more unorganized than practiced parts. One of the easiest ways for musicians to improvise is to embellish or alter melodies that are already familiar to them. The tune is often played as a progression of consistent chord changes, typically by a bass or piano, and the other musicians build upon it.

Many bands and jazz musicians do write and rehearse their music, so improvisation alone is not enough to characterize jazz. The feeling that the music creates, frequently called the jazz swing feeling, is another basic characteristic. The use of accented beats and syncopation in jazz makes people want to dance and is a big part of what sets the genre apart. This is often combined with a steady tempo to create the jazz swing feeling, but rather than having a precise rhythmic element, the combination of the two creates a more fluid change that takes listeners through repeated feelings of tenseness and relaxation.