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GMF London Jazz Workshop & Music Festival 2014
London, UK, 17–21 April 2014

PROGRAMME

April 17

Arrival and registration from 3pm - 6pm

Opening concert 8pm followed by Jam Session

Morning Workshops

April 18 - 21, 930am - 1145am

At the beginning of each day, students on all the courses come together to participate in a unique sequence of activities which collectively stimulate self-awareness and enhance creativity. These sessions will feature a different combination of activities every day. Expect regular workshops on pulse, vocal/body/breathing, learning by ear, samba, dance and movement.


Afternoon Sessions

April 18 - 21, 12 noon - 5.30pm

After the morning whole group sessions, instrumentalists and vocalists divide into separate course streams for the remainder of the day.
Instrumentalists will go to work with the tutors of their respective instruments from 12 noon to 1.30pm and then join ensemble sessions after lunch (3.30pm to 5.30pm).
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A course for both Instrumentalists and Vocalists

After the morning group sessions, instrumentalists and vocalists divide into separate course streams for the remainder of the day.

Instrumentalists will go to work with the tutors of their respective instruments from 12 noon to 1.30pm and then join ensemble sessions after lunch (3.30pm to 5.30pm).

Notes for Vocalists: The part of this course designed for singers will focus on working as a large group. 
Various aspects of the singer's craft will be covered in classes that range from the study of song-form and lyric writing to issues of time and feel.

There will be help with finding repertoire and guidance on working with the text in performance. Students will also gain skills in chart preparation (including transposition) and how to connect with the rhythm section.

 Whilst there will be some opportunity for singers to work on repertoire through the song class and a chance for them to sing individual songs in the evening and in public at Singers Corner, a strong component of this course will be the work done as a vocal group.

During the course, choir students will be working on a wide range of repertoire, including Gospel, Jazz, African, Brazilian and Folk music.

Led by Pete Churchill and René Marie, the vocal section of this course is ideal for those singers who are serious about improving their skills. Sight-reading is certainly not a pre-requisite (much of the choir music will be taught by ear) and likewise, an understanding of music theory, whilst useful, is not a requirement for coming on the course. It is more important to come with an open mind, a love of jazz and a desire to improve.

 

Ensemble session / Vocal Arranging / Group Singing / Skills Session / Song Class / Singers Corner
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Masterclasses*

Jeremy Pelt 19 April 2 - 4pm

Rene Marie 20 April 2 - 4pm

*Masterclasses are offered as part of the course to full participants and listeners. A limited number of tickets will be on sale to the public.

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Classes in composition and arranging with David O'Rourke

These sessions provide participants of all levels with a set of tools that enable them to expand their skills in all areas of writing including: melodic line analysis, creating and expanding on motifs, instrumentation and orchestration and their effect on your musical choices. Re-harmonization and voicing will be emphasized along with discussion on writing with taste and integrity that serves the greater good of the project at hand.

David has worked as an arranger for Pat Martino (full orchestra and chamber), Lewis Nash (big band and small group), Jeremy Pelt (string arrangements), Steve Wilson (string arrangements and composition) along with commissions for many artists.

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Plus!
 

Free Entry to the Evening Concerts & Festival Club shows and jams

Entry is FREE for all those attending the Workshops as a participant or a listener!

Student Concert
GMF Student Ensembles, Choir & Samba Group in concert 

21 April
6pm, Hall One

The course culminates with a public concert in which students and teachers participate. 

All timings are provisional and may be altered slightly.

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