In 2007 the Global Music Foundation staged the highly successful Jazz Rainbow Project, a programme of workshops and concerts designed to widen the audience for improvisational music in the UK.
Building on the success of Jazz Rainbow, GMF has launched the Stardust Project, an interactive programme of workshops and performances for music students of all ages and backgrounds. This is an ideal event for a local school, music college, community centre or performance venue.
Stardust is led by the Global Music Foundation's international team of highly accomplished music performers and educators.
Every Stardust Project event is developed to address the needs of the local community where it is staged. We work with you to build an interactive programme from the modules below which meets the learning requirements of the participants at your school, music college, community centre, jazz venue or festival, as well as fitting your event budget.
Introduction to Jazz Concerts
A fun way to uncover the secrets and discover the joy of music making and a chance to "look inside" a band and find out how it all works.
These concerts can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Family Fun Concerts
Live public concerts bring families together and can provide ideal weekend or holiday entertainment for your community. Musical delights and surprises are on offer in this programme of popular film and TV theme tunes featuring spontaneous improvisations by GMF musicians. A great event for town centres which can be supported by local businesses and community organizations.
Familiar material drawn from popular songs, tv and film music is used in an interactive performance and together with a narrator the audience is guided through the performance.
This evening programme features GMF musicians in a more formal setting where they will play a mix of original compositions along with arrangements from the Family Fun concerts. An ideal event for a music society to host in a local concert venue.
Workshops and Masterclasses
Development of physical and mental awareness is vital in music-making and is a key feature of GMF workshops. Awareness-building sessions heighten consciousness of the body, pulse and rhythm and harmony, helping to build the sensitivity to other musicians required for ensemble playing as well as stimulating creativity. Participants often find the group exercises challenging but also fun and rewarding.
GMF tutors can also lead masterclasses for developing instrumental skills as well as provide ensemble coaching in preparation for a final performance at the conclusion of the programme.
As part of their continuing professional development, teachers can observe and participate in these sessions to enhance their own skills in working with students.
Guided Student Performances
GMF tutors can support bands, choirs and ensembles in their development by helping them prepare during a day's workshop for a public concert at the conclusion of the programme. Performances by students can then be followed by an evening concert featuring GMF musicians.
If you are considering booking a Stardust Project event in 2008-9, here are some of the comments we received in response to our Jazz Rainbow Project programme in 2007:
I would just like to say how wonderful Jason Rebello and the Jazz Rainbow Project were . . . my students were absolutely inspired by them. Thank you for giving us this opportunity and I look forward to future workshops.
- Louise Kotek, Yarborough School, Lincoln
Just wanted to say thank you to you all for your fantastic playing and workshop-leading on Sunday. Everyone I've spoken to seems to have really enjoyed themselves. One person said it was the best gig he'd seen in years...personally, I had a great time and was left feeling inspired. Always a good feeling!
- Katie Elliott, Under the Edge Jazz Club, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
Thank you so much for Saturday. . . the feedback has been superb. Big big thank yous to the guys.
- Polly Eldridge, Bath International Music Festival
Booking and Information
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