Free jazz workshop

Professor Ron Mahdi, double bass lecturer at Berklee, instructing an ensemble of students.

The Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) has once again partnered with Berklee College of Music’s City Music Unit (Boston USA) and Stellenbosch University’s Unit for Community Music to bring six top Berklee City Music tutors to present a week-long focused workshop in various aspects of jazz music, at the Stellenbosch University Conserve, in mid-June. The course is free, with a registration fee of R100. This year an optional hip hop component will also be added.

The “Learning to Live Music,” is designed to expand each participant’s knowledge base and vision for use of their authentic voice through music cultural infusion, improvisation, study in music literacy and technology, as well as performance and career applications in music.

Mentor participants will be engaged in strategies to bolster their own teaching programmes, personal development as a musician and tutor, and skills in working with the youth.

For school pupils and their teachers, a one- day workshop will be held on Saturday June 15. For students in jazz, professionals, lecturers, teachers and mentors, a four-day workshop will be held from Monday June 17 to Thursday June 20.

Evening activities include a voluntary jam session and music documentary screening and the series will conclude with a public concert on the final evening.

For more information email Vicky Davis at vickydav@gmail.com or WhatsApp 082 569
7347.