Cole Blouin
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Cole Blouin

Cole B.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe that anyone deciding to learn anything about music is a beautiful thing, and I'm excited to share what I've learned with music-makers at any level. I am familiar with many styles of music and want to help you get wherever you want to go. Beginners welcome!

My approach to both playing and teaching the guitar is grounded in aural training - that is to say, using our ears to learn what it is we like most about our favorite music, and then learning how to make those sounds ourselves. I am interested in helping people learn how to ‘sound like themselves’ - to pursue their own musical interests, select their own repertoire and maybe write their own material, eventually. I am as comfortable exploring advanced questions of fretboard harmony, technique, and music theories as I am sharing the first joyous chords a beginning guitarist will learn.

As a guitarist, I have extensive experience performing jazz, rock, folk, and improvised musics. My teachers have included Joe Morris, Vic Juris, Bob Thompson (a disciple of late jazz guitarist Lenny Breau), and, briefly, Julian Lage.

About Cole B.

I am active as a guitarist, a singer-songwriter/producer, and a composer. I graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in May 2019 (B.M., Contemporary Improvisation - minor in Music Theory - Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society). I also attended Oberlin College for two years, where I took courses on jazz improvisation, South Indian percussion, electronic music, and ethnomusicology.

I am comfortable teaching any combination of guitar and/or music-writing (songwriting, composing) that the student desires.

As a guitarist, I have extensive experience performing jazz, rock, folk, and improvised musics. My teachers have included Joe Morris, Vic Juris, Bob Thompson (a disciple of late jazz guitarist Lenny Breau), and, briefly, Julian Lage. My approach to both playing and teaching the guitar is grounded in aural training - that is to say, using our ears to learn what it is we like most about our favorite music, and then learning how to make those sounds ourselves. I am interested in helping people learn how to ‘sound like themselves’ - to pursue their own musical interests, select their own repertoire and maybe write their own material, eventually. I am as comfortable exploring advanced questions of fretboard harmony, technique, and music theories as I am sharing the first joyous chords a beginning guitarist will learn.

Lately, as a guitarist, I have been exploring tonal, long-form solo guitar improvisations in alternate tunings; free-improvised experimental music with my arts collective, Team of Creative Associates; and weird rock music with a few friends/songwriters I admire and trust very much.

My practice as a singer-songwriter largely rejects surface-level complexity, seeking out instead some special connection between lyricism, mood, sound, and shape. For several years in my early 20’s I had a rabid obsession for the music of Joanna Newsom. Somewhere along the line that became an obsession with the music of Frank Ocean. Now I’m trying to make sense of the space between those influences. As a producer, I have 700+ hours of experience working in REAPER; I have produced and mixed my own forthcoming EP, Four Early Songs (under the project name Clouds, Happening).

My practice as a composer involves alternately the creation of highly complex, precise scores for specific performers (currently at work on a 30-minute solo saxophone piece for my friend and collaborator, Thomas A Giles), and open-form, intuitive, extended-duration drone pieces. I have studied composition with Trevor Baca, Stratis Minakakis, and Anthony Coleman, among others. Past works include a string trio, a wind quintet, a piece for five electric pianos, and a piece for nine musicians.

Feel free to reach out here, via email, or via text. I feel lucky to be filled with a deeply-rooted love of music and welcome any questions.

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Thomas
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I’ve had a few guitar lessons with Cole. Throughout, it was clear that Cole had a thorough knowledge of a wide range of styles and was very open to exploring anything I wanted to talk about. He is incredibly patient and uses very simple, accessible language whenever complex topics arise. Altogether, I totally recommend him to anyone who’s curious about picking up a guitar and taking some lessons.

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Kristen
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Cole is extremely knowledgeable and communicates what he knows well, even to the most unknowing beginner. He employs a holistic approach to teaching, connecting what you're learning on guitar to music theory, history, as well as your own interests! Most importantly, he's patient, kind, and easy-going which keeps lessons fun, even in the frustration that comes with learning something new. I highly recommend him as a teacher!

Posted Sep 18, 2019

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Experience

Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Producer
Jan 2013 - Present

Independent Musician

• Singer/Songwriter: active performance schedule in the Northeast. Described by Tom Waits collaborator Carla Kihlstedt as “Very beautiful and very strange.” Self-released lo-fi demo EP “Four Early Songs of Cole Blouin: Live at the Root Cellar”, October 2017. Bandcamp only. • Guitarist: performances at New England Conservatory, DIY spaces across Northeast, Midwest US, New York City avant-garde venue Spectrum. Performed at Savannah Music Festival, 2016. • Composer: studies with Stratis Minakakis, Anthony Coleman. Six works for small and large ensembles, ranging from precisely-notated contemporary work to open-form work for improvisors. • Producer: 700+ hours of experience in home studio-recording environment, emphasizing multitracking, creative production techniques, and intersections between acoustic and electronic sounds. Experience with REAPER. Forthcoming projects include record-in- progress “(t o r s o)” and a studio-recorded version of “Four Early Songs of Cole Blouin”. Finished work as a producer includes a 2019 piece for fixed electronics, field recordings, three electric guitars, and percussion: “4.13.POND.5..1.(MAYDAY). performed at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

Education

Contemporary Improvisation & Music Theory
Sep 2015 - May 2019

New England Conservatory

Music, Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Studies
Sep 2013 - May 2015

Oberlin College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society
May 2019

New England Conservatory

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