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Tuscany International Jazz Summer School & Arts Festival
Certaldo, Italy, 20–26 August 2006

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

The feedback we received after last year's 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 - 5.00: Special Activity (see "Special Activities" below)
Evening Concert

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
9.00 - 9.45: Alexander Technique
10.00: Pulse Training
10.45: World Music Ear Training
11.30: Coffee Break
11.45: Instrumental tuition
13.00: Lunch
15.30 - 17.00: Small band coaching

Thursday
9.00 - 9.45: Alexander Technique
10.00: Pulse Training
10.45: World Music Ear Training
11.30: Coffee Break
11.45: Instrumental tuition
13.00: Lunch
Afternoon free for excursions, private lessons, etc.

Saturday
9.00 - 9.45: Alexander Technique
10.00: Pulse Training
10.45: World Music Ear 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.

World Music Ear Training- by Greg Burk
Musical traditions from around the world provide the material for this workshop. Participants learn to connect the voice to the body, singing melodies and rhythms while playing patterns with the hands – and feet! In a group, the layering of parts energizes each musician bringing about greater awareness in collective music making.

Special Activities

We regret that due to transportaion difficulties, Neil Ferber will not be able to bring his exhibition of sculpture to Certaldo this year. We look forward to his participation in the 2007.

Jazz Panorama - an overview of the history of Jazz - by Arnie Somogyi

Visual Zone - A space dedicated to working with image - Laia Suñer

Concerts - A programme of concerts every night for the duration of the seminar with top international musicians.

Jam Sessions - Each night until midnight.

Arto - An exhibition of paintings by Arturo Doñate Gimeno and Antonio Porcar Cano.

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.