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Mitch Haupers is hardly a Young Lion on the scene. A longstanding faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, the seasoned guitarist-composer-educator is only now seeing the release of his recording debut as a leader at age 55. A showcase of his thoughtful, affecting compositions – which reveal themselves gradually and gracefully – Haupers’ Invisible Cities bears the stamp of a steady, veteran hand at the helm. It also boasts an all-star core group of pianist Alan Pasqua, bassist Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz, drummer Peter Erskine and saxophonist Bob Mintzer with a special guest appearance by Mintzer’s Yellowjackets bandmate, pianist Russell Ferrante. Produced by bassist and Yellowjackets co-founder, Jimmy Haslip, Invisible Cities stands as Haupers’ long-overdue triumph as a player-composer.
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57th Grammy® Submissions for Invisible Cities: Original Jazz & Chamber Music by Mitch Haupers
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- BEST NEW ARTIST — Mitch Haupers
- BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM — Invisible Cities: Original Jazz & Chamber Music
- BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION — Invisible Cities
- BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPELLA — Invisible Cities
- 1) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Mike Miller (Brasilian Guitar on Invisible Cities)
- 2) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Bob Mintzer (Tenor Saxophone on Veronica's Lake)
- 3) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Mitch Haupers (Guitar on Veronica's Lake)
- 4) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Peter Erskine (Drums on Beacon Street)
- 5) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Russell Ferrante (Piano on Beacon Street)
- 6) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Alan Pasqua (Piano on Downtime)
- 7) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz (Bass on Waltz for Bill)
- 8) BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — Mitch Haupers (Guitar on Waltz for Bill)
- BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM — Engineers: Paul Tavenner, Antonio Oliart; Mastering Engineer: Rich Breen
- PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL — Jimmy Haslip
- BEST RECORDING PACKAGE — Michael DeMartin, Melissa DeMartin, Danae Syrrou, Mitch Haupers
- BEST ALBUM NOTES — Bill Milkowski
- BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE — Four Minor Love Songs Suite: Pt I Take Comfort (In Rose's Garden), Pt II The Farmer and the Monarch, Pt III (In Came) Love, So Silent, Pt IV Beacon Street
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"An impeccably crafted program of original songs...succeeds as an innovative work with diverse arrangements and skillfully written songs that you are sure to enjoy."
– Paula Edelstein (AXS) - read full review
"Every cut is completely engrossing...It's exceedingly difficult to blend the two worlds (of jazz and classical) together, but Haupers succeeds splendidly."
– Mark Tucker (FAME) - read full review
"Finesse, sophistication and an understated elegance makes Invisible Cities a triumph!"
– Brent Black (Critical Jazz) - read full review
"Four Minor Love Songs Suite (is) quite beautiful but in a way that is decidedly uncommon in our era from either jazz or classical composers."
– Jeff Simon (The Buffalo News) - read full review
"Mitch Haupers...makes an impressive recording debut...one gorgeous set of music...an excellent album."
– Jack Goodstein (Blog Critics) - read full review
"(This) debut album...switches in and out of modern jazz and chamber music with an intriguing change of pace and precision. Four Minor Love Songs suite slowly unwinds like the pastoral countryside from a train window."
– Dave Sumner (Wondering Sound) - read full review
"Esteemed Berklee College of Music faculty member Mitch Haupers makes his studio debut album, Invisible Cities a special one. All of the music is original and features outstanding performances."
– JPasinski (JP's Blog) - read full review
"Invisible Cities, the debut release from guitarist Mitch Haupers is an outstanding effort. Produced by Jimmy Haslip, the recording is a collection of works that blend the jazz and chamber music genres into a beautiful listening experience."
– The Jazz Page - read full review
Mitch Haupers Bio
Mitch Haupers – guitarist, pianist, composer, educator, producer, music publisher, author, luthier — recently celebrated the completion of his 25th year as a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His distinguished teaching career at Berklee (with specialties in ear training, harmony and improvisation) was recognized in 1994 when he was chosen as recipient of the Dean of Faculty Award for “the most valuable contribution to the improvement of teaching,” citing his tireless dedication to his students, including his influential work with learning disabled students, his unique and effective teaching concepts, as well as his seminal work as the creator/producer of the World Rhythm Lecture Series and creator/chair of the Committee for Music Perception and Cognition Studies at Berklee.
From 2001-2009, Haupers was the Managing Partner of Mr. Goodchord Publications, a collaborative publishing project that produced six books with renowned jazz guitarist, Mick Goodrick. The partnership was originally formed to bring the series, Mr. Goodchord’s Almanacs of Guitar Voice-Leading, to the public marketplace. He is co-author with Goodrick of the rhythm training book entitled, Factorial Rhythm: For All Instruments, currently in its second edition. In addition, he created piano arrangements of Goodrick’s original compositions, Thirty Six Solo Pieces for Fingerstyle Guitar. In 2009, he created, produced and taught at the successful Mr. Goodchord’s Summer Workshop in Northampton, MA, designed to integrate the book materials into daily practice and teaching for participants.
Haupers’ presentation and teaching of the Goodchord materials to world-class musicians and composers has been influential, as shown in acknowledgements on recordings such as Yellowjackets, Altered State, and Pat Metheny Group, The Way Up. For the past 15 years, he has collaborated with renowned recording artists Yellowjackets on projects focused on music education, especially in conjunction with The Music of the Yellowjackets course at Berklee, with its current focus on collaborative writing.
Haupers is co-author of several core curriculum ear training books still in use at Berklee. He is also the author of professional articles, including two features for Keyboard magazine on the subject of voice leading and a third, along with Yellowjackets’ co-founder Russell Ferrante, on the contributions of jazz pianist Bill Evans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the milestone recording with Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. Haupers provided the liner notes for the most recent CD from Peter Erskine’s New Trio entitled, Joy Luck. He also wrote the foreword to Erskine’s widely acclaimed, No Beethoven: An Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report.
Haupers’ formal education includes completion of a two-year program of study in music instrument building with master luthier Božo Podunavac in San Diego, CA; a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory from DePaul University, Chicago, IL; and a Master of Music in Guitar Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, where he served as faculty member, Assistant to the Chairman, and Manager of Third Stream Studies Department.
Over the past thirty-eight years, Haupers has worked within the music and recording industry in a wide variety of areas including public relations, sales, art design and promotion. He is experienced in jazz festival production including performances featuring Kenny Barron, Ran Blake, Stan Getz, Mick Goodrick, Dave Holland, Bob Moses, Lewis Nash, George Russell and Gunther Schuller. His professional experience also extends to classical orchestral management and touring, as well as concert management for MacArthur Award recipients and world-famous jazz artists.
His latest project is a recording of his original compositions entitled, Invisible Cities: Original Jazz & Chamber Music, inspired among other things by the writings of Italo Calvino. The project, produced by Yellowjackets’ co-founder and bassist, Jimmy Haslip, was funded in part by a successful pledge drive at Kickstarter, and features performances by members of the Boston Pops, as well as other world-class jazz musicians such as Peter Erskine, Russell Ferrante, Mike Miller, Bob Mintzer, Darek Oles and Alan Pasqua.