Online Jazz Vocal Workshop - Part I

From Jazz to Bossa Nova

4 x 1h sessions for only £50

See below for optional offer

This workshop is for intermediate/advanced level singers of any musical style and training. It is designed to teach you the unique characteristics of jazz singing and how you can apply these characteristics to create your own sound on your chosen genre.

 

One of the most enthralling elements of jazz music is the fact that the musician/singer takes action and makes decisions in the moment, in real-time, based on how he/she chooses to respond to the ideas and playing of the other players on stage. During this ‘active listening’ the musician listens out for the nuances, articulation, feel, dynamics and energy and tries to communicate on that same level with the other musician. The wonder of jazz lies in its improvisational nature, in its rich tapestry of sound colours, its complex and yet effortless rhythms and its particular feel and groove.

Workshop Contents

  • Comparing jazz vocal styles to other contemporary styles

  • Jazz vocal technique and delivery, including use of vocal inflections, dynamics, articulation, and interpretation

  • How to improvise through rhythmic and melodic phrasing (scat singing, use of licks, etc.)

  • Apply above concepts to the jazz songs chosen for this workshop and experiment with various tempos and grooves, including ballads, medium swing, fast swing, and bossa nova. 

  • How to lead your band (counting in to different feels, time signatures and tempos and leading a change of tempo or section)

  • Communication between singer and accompanist through active listening

 

Repertoire

The study of two jazz standard songs in different styles. Upon your registration a welcoming email will follow with links to the songs and sheet music. 

 

Prerequisites

  • No prior knowledge of jazz is required

  • Ideal for intermediate/advanced singers of any style

  • Zoom application. Click here to download zoom for free: 

  • Headphones (if possible)

  • Know the tune of the two workshop songs chosen. No deep knowledge of songs is required. 


 Cost 

£50 (British pound) in total for 4 one-hour sessions 

 

Optional addition: 50% off for an online private lesson with Andria. Following the completion of the workshop Andria offers a discount for a private lesson where you can have a further personalised study of your newly acquired jazz skills and repertoire.  

 

* Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance, pdf handouts and mp3 supporting practice tracks. 

Dates & Times

 

Saturdays at 16.30-17.30 Uk time 

21.11.2020 | 28.11.2020 | 5.12.2020 | 12.12.2020

Part I and Part II

 

Part I will offer an introduction to jazz and it will be open for singers from all over the world. Part II will take place in January at a London venue and it will be a face-to-face workshop for all UK participants where they will have the opportunity to work on a jazz song of their own choosing, develop an understanding of mic technique and work together with a live jazz band. The participant may choose to attend both or one of the workshops. 

UK participants may choose to showcase their workshop song at VoiceHub celebratory event on 16.04.2020.

A note from Andria

 

I started my music journey with classical training. I then moved to jazz and received my masters in jazz performance. Then following my jazz training I had a shorter training in musical theatre. Each style contributed to who I am as a singer. My classical training gave me a solid technique. My jazz education made me a better musician and listener and my musical theatre training taught me how to tell a story through song. Each style offered me new vocal colours and techniques and pushed me little further to unfolding the realm and power of the human voice.

 

I am sharing my story with you because it has taught me that music has no borders, one style can feed the other and it can eventually lead you closer to discovering your own personal sound. Together we will aim to learn how to take repertoire that we already know and reshape it, rearrange it, re-approach it in a way that will take us away from our comfort zone and open up new possibilities.

“For me, jazz is an approach to music, a way of listening and interacting with musicians and a ticket to explore and develop one’s personal sound.” Andria Antoniou

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