A most encouraging development filtering through the capital's Jazz community grapevine is the forthcoming innovative series of Masterclass Atelier sessions being co-ordinated jointly by MAP Studio Cafe and Jazzmo-thology to be launched early next month, April.
The Jazzmo-thology Masterclass Atelier will deliver an intensive musical experience for a group of 12 advanced young people sharing the creative space with the creme de la creme of British music - Absolutely Free of Charge to the Selected Participants! - and deliver invaluable groundings with what will in effect be a 1-2-1 engagement. MAP Studio Cafe will host and launch the 1-day workshops on Saturday 6 April which continue on the first Saturday in each month until October.
The confirmed Tutors and dates are:
Saturday 6 April - Omar Puente - Cuban violin maestro currently with the Courtney Pine Band;
Saturday 4 May - Eska Mtungvazi - Mesmeric composer, pianist, teacher, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist;
Saturday 1 June - Gary Crosby - acclaimed acoustic bass player, Artistic Director of the Jazz Warriors, leader of Jazz Jamaica, recipient of the OBE for Services to Music in 2009 and the Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education in 2012;
Saturday 6 July - Jason Yarde - saxophonist, composer, Musical Director for Hugh Masekela;
Saturday 7 September - Vidal Montgomery - acoustic bass player and music teacher currently with the Courtney Pine Band
Saturday 5 October - Cecelia Wickham-Anderson - Gospel singer, arranger currently with the acapella group Black Voices.
The Masterclass Atelier will undoubtedly boost the confidence of the selected individuals to pursue a serious professional career in Jazz. All applications will be judged on merit by a panel but the applicants must be within the age-group 16-21 years old and able to demonstrate advanced playing ability of the instrument which will be the subject of the specific workshop they wish to join.
Specific details of the composition of each Masterclass Atelier will be available on the MAP web-site soon: www.mapstudiocafe.com
To submit an application on your own behalf, or on behalf of someone you wish to recommend, simply send a CV detailing a relevant musical background (1 page), with a few extra lines stating how you, or the individual you are nominating, would personally benefit from the experience, to: email@example.com
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In the evening of each of the above dates, there will be a special concert presentation by the workshop Tutor to demonstrate the art of live performance. This is, after all, their gift - what they practise and dedicate themselves to do. The concert performances will be open to the general public. Admission: £10.00 per person. All of that particular day's workshop participants will be VIP Guests for the occasion. Advanced reservations may be made by calling: Tel: 020 7916 0544 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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