This is a fun and inclusive introduction to learning the basics of jazz improvisation. You do not need to be able to read music to attend – as long as you can hold a tune on your instrument/voice – you are welcome! (piano, amps, mic’s, percussion instruments and drum kit are provided).
Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary pianist, composer, bandleader and educator. Bruno has released three records on the forward looking Babel Label (‘Twinkle Twinkle’, ‘Tierkries’ and ‘Postcard to Bill Evans’). Bruno has worked with artists such as Reem Kelani, Julian Siegel, Stan Sultzman, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Pete Saberton, Byron Wallen, Ben Kraef, Antonio Fusco, and Heidi Vogel amongst others. He has performed in venues and festivals including the South Bank Centre, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, the Vortex Jazz Club, the Shanghai World Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival, the Rest Is Noise Festival, Cadogan Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. He has had his music played on BBC radio 3, Jazz LineUp, Late Junction, BBC6 Music, BBC Scotland, in Austria, Canada, and the USA, as well as giving live broadcasts and interviews for the BBC. Bruno has a passion for teaching, having taught students between the ages of 5 and 65 for over 10 years. He currently teaches classical and jazz piano to diploma level at the Centre for Young Musicians (attached to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) as well as teaching private students of differing ages. In the past years, Bruno has taught, given master classes and lectured in institutions such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Cornish College for the Arts – Seattle, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Damascus Conservatory, King Alfred School, the Blackheath Conservatory, South Hampstead High School and Sheffield University. Bruno was artistic director of the Vortex Summer School 2014. It was open to all ages, and was funded by the Arts Council England. Erudition, eclectic studies and a jazz sensibility make Heinen the kind of newcomer who repositions the goalposts. **** John Fordham – Guardian
The aim by the end of the day is to be able to play through and improvise on a few tunes from the blues/american songbook. You can take home an recording of the results 🙂
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
We will learn the basics of riff based improvising by ear through listening to the greats alongside fun exercises. We will then learn a blues and standard or two – arranging and harmonising as we go.
Dates and Times:
July 30th – 10-5pm
July 31st – 10-5pm
August 20th – 10-5pm
August 27th – 10-5pm