GANDALF JAZZ ENSEMBLE 2019-20

GANDALF TUNES TUTORS
OCTOBER 13 EVIDENCE* SWEET DULCINEA BLUE DAAHOUD NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
NOVEMBER 10 BITTERSUITE* WINTERSWEET BETTER DAYS AHEAD NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
DECEMBER 8 EVERYTHING I LOVE* DIENDA EIDERDOWN NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
JANUARY 26 EVIDENCE* SWEET DULCINEA BLUE DAAHOUD NICK WELDON ALEX MERRITT
FEBRUARY 23 BITTERSUITE* WINTERSWEET BETTER DAYS AHEAD NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MARCH 22 EVERYTHING I LOVE* DIENDA EIDERDOWN NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
MAY 3 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON STEVE WATERMAN
MAY 31 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
JUNE 14 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS

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Check out some great versions of the season repertoire below...

GENERAL INFORMATION

The venue is the Shoefactory at Rushden, a beautiful Victorian building (with a grand piano in all three playing spaces), which is also the home of Jazz School UK founders Nick Weldon and Andra Sparks. More details, maps and links can be found on our About Us page. Gandalf Ensemble runs on Sundays 10.30am-4.30pm.

prices

The Season Fee for the Ensemble Programme is £560. Payment in advance or in instalments.

Fees includes annual membership bringing 20% discount on fees for workshops, 121 lessons and additional ensembles. Pricing is calculated on the basis of the fixed costs of running each ensemble, so no refunds are possible for missed sessions. However, an alternative ensemble or Theory Shed day may be offered where a suitable place is available.

ENSEMBLE INFORMATION

The Gandalf Ensemble will be working through repertoire and the associated specific skills and theory points from Jazz School UK Levels 3 and 4. Ensemble members can read more about the different levels in the members area.

If you are interested in joining a Gandalf ensemble and would like to know if you have the right playing level, here are some typical Gandalf skills:

‣ excellent instrumental ability
‣ knowing more than 30 tunes (melody and chords) by heart
‣ able to play in a wide range of feel, key, idiom and tempo
‣ able to set up new pulse layer within existing time (metric modulation)
‣ able to target and resolve suspensions within continuous flow of quaver time
‣ developing musical personality
‣ able to internalise and decode longer and more complex tune forms
‣ able to maintain and choose when and how to resolve dissonance
‣ awareness and use of less common scales eg harmonic major, hijaz
‣ awareness and use of Axis Theory
‣ use of fragments (rhythmic, melodic) to create layers
‣ able to manage and maximise musical space within group
‣ quick and economic harmonic description
‣ able to improvise in different time signatures
‣ aware of solo shape within group performance
‣ wide choice of improvising approaches
‣ confident improviser, experienced gigster, able to lead a small group performance

Not a complete list, nor entry requirements, as such, just a guide to the sort of experience level of most players in this group.

In summary, this advanced course is aimed at players with a high level of instrumental ability, a solid grounding in the skills covered in the lower Ensembles, extensive improvising and performance experience, and the desire and belief to take their playing to a good professional and creative standard.

While we will be aiming to internalise as much of possible of the season repertoire (this makes improvising so much easier!) we also have a season learning target - 3 core standards (marked above with an asterix) by heart!

Are you interested in joining this or another Jazz School UK Ensemble? If so, don't delay...


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