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Tuscany International Jazz Summer School & Arts Festival
Certaldo, Italy, 19–25 August 2007

A very full and varied programme of events is available to participants.

The feedback we received after last years seminar was that participants wanted a longer course with a quiet day in the middle of the week. This year we have extended the course by a day and arranged that Thursday afternoon be left free. There will be the opportunity to arrange private lessons for those who want them. This should be done between the participant and the teacher.

Monday

10.00 - 12.30: Registration
12.30: Lunch and welcome
3.00 - 4.00: Special Activity (meet your teacher and level assesments for ensemble sessions)
4.30 - 5.45: ensemble session Evening Concert

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

10.00 - 10.45: Alexander Technique
10.50 - 11.30: Pulse Training
11.30: Coffee Break
11.45: Instrumental tuition
13.00: Lunch
15.30 - 17.00: Small band coaching

Thursday

10.00 - 10.45: Alexander Technique
10.50 - 11.30: Pulse Training
11.30: Coffee Break
11.45: Instrumental tuition
13.00: Lunch
Afternoon free for excursions, private lessons, etc.

Saturday

10.00 - 10.45: Alexander Technique
10.50 - 11.30: Pulse Training
11.30: Coffee Break
11.45: Instrumental tuition
13.00: Lunch
15.30 - 17.00: Final rehearsal of students' small bands
19:00: Final Concert - Students and teachers

Nights

Concerts every night at 9.00pm at the Palazzo Pretorio or the Garden at the House of Bocaccio. Jam sessions from 10.30pm - 1.00am venue tbc + spontaneous concerts at different locations during the seminarInformal and spontaneous events are encouraged. In addition to the daily timetable and there is a programme of concerts throughout the duration of the seminar. There are plenty of opportunities to play and listen at the course Jazz Club.

The Seminar culminates with a final concert in which the students and teachers participate.

Every GMF workshop features outstanding musicians who are also great communicators. Under their guidance, participants gain valuable insights and playing experience, rehearsing together towards a concert. There are classes in the various musical disciplines such as instrumental technique, harmony, ensemble playing and improvisation, and, as well as teaching individually and in groups, the tutors give performances themselves.

In addition, a unique sequence of activities is offered at a GMF workshop, which together stimulate self-awareness and creativity.

Alexander Technique - by Val Keogh
Many performing artists find the Technique an invaluable way of fine-tuning their posture and movement. These introductory classes concentrate on the relationship of the head and neck to the rest of the body. The physical and mental exercises help promote a sense of rediscovery and ease in day-to-day activities, and especially in music-making.

Pulse Training - by Stephen Keogh
Pulse lies at the heart of music, and developing one’s own inner pulse is the goal of these sessions. The work fosters awareness – of the pulse, of silence, of the other members of the group. This workshop is hugely beneficial to musicians of every kind.

Special Activities

Wednesday 22 August 2007
Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo Alto, Prov. Firenze
19:00

An evening of Jazz with Poetry
Frank Harrison Trio with Richard Douglas Pennant
Elegant and sophisticated piano trio with readings.

Disclaimer: Global Music Foundation exists solely to promote understanding of music and the arts. Any personal views which may be expressed by individual tutors or students at GMF events do not necessarily represent those of the Global Music Foundation or its directors.