Legendary Guitarist Carlos Alomar Rocks SCH with Student Workshops

Legendary Guitarist Carlos Alomar Rocks SCH with Student Workshops

Legendary guitarist Carlos Alomar worked with our students last week thanks to the Springside Class of 1954 Composition Workshop Fund. During his residency, Alomar performed for and conducted a composition workshop with 4th-grade Lower School students and 7th and 8th-grade Middle and Upper School Music students. 

Alomar rose to fame collaborating with David Bowie in the 1970s, co-writing the hit song "Fame" alongside Bowie and John Lennon. His impressive career boasts 32 international gold and platinum records, and recent collaborations include artists like the Scissor Sisters, Alicia Keys, and even featuring on the smash hit "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. Closer to home, SCH's very own Jazz Band jammed with Alomar during a masterclass where he offered valuable feedback on their rendition of "Superstition."  The excitement was palpable as Alomar joined the band for an impromptu performance.

Over 30 years, Alomar recorded and toured the world as Bowie’s music director. His ability to play R&B, Philly soul, hard rock, and ambient music meant he was always in demand. He co-wrote Mick Jagger’s first solo effort, “She’s The Boss,” Iggy Pop’s comeback hit, “Sister Midnight,” and played guitar for pop and rock royalty, including Paul McCartney, Simple Minds, Yoko Ono, Bruce Springsteen, Graham Parker, Mystikal, and Duran Duran.

As a rare Latino musician in the rock scene, Alomar also occupies a singular place in Latin music history. Over the years, as a producer, co-founder of the National Rock Movement of Puerto Rico, and advisor to the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he has championed Latino rock musicians.

We are so fortunate to have been able to share this force of talent with our students!

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