Series: Vortex Summer School


3rd –  23rd August 2014, Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston

Want to try your hand at improvisation? Got a song in your head that you want to get out? Perhaps you dream of being able to bust out a wicked Gypsy tune to impress your friends?

Well now you can learn the techniques, tricks and tunes from the musicians themselves at the first ever Vortex Summer School! Three unique one-week courses and three one-day workshops to inspire and boost the musician in you.

Alongside learning and playing, you will have the chance to perform to family and friends, and at a public event on 16th August. This is an opportunity to get involved in some fun, summer music making in a friendly environment.

Details of the workshops below: to book your place, download, complete and return this booking form in Word or pdf format and call 020 7254 4097 to make your payment or pay online here.

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Sun 03 August 2014

Day 1: Big & Small

3:00pm - 6:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Tutor: Tara Franks A cross-generational jam where together we devise a new piece of music from scratch using instruments you bring along, your voice and/or percussion. Come and have fun making music with musicians of all ages, experiences and abilities. Play and create [...]

Mon 04 August 2014

Week 1: Introduction to Improvisation

10:30am - 8:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Test Led by critically acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen, and guitarist Kristian Borring, this course is aimed at musicians who would like to learn more about how to improvise  in a variety of styles including jazz, blues, soul and swing. We [...]

Sat 09 August 2014

Day 2: Saturday 9th August: Improvisation taster day

10:30am - 3:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Tutors: Bruno Heinen & Kristian Borring In this fun crash course in improvisation we will be learning a few songs by ear written by the greats of jazz and blues. It is open to anyone aged 10 and up, and [...]

Mon 11 August 2014

Week 2: Vocal Song Writing and Interpretation

10:30am - 8:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Tutors:            Yvette Riby-Williams and Bruno Heinen Led by the world renowned ‘Boxettes’ singer Yvette Riby-Williams and critically acclaimed pianist and composer Bruno Heinen, this week will be a fun, friendly crash course in song writing, song interpretation and vocal technique. [...]

Mon 18 August 2014

Week 3: Eastern European and Balkan Gypsy & Folk Music

10:30am - 3:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Includes Gypsy Songs Day Tutor: Gundula Gruen Experience gypsy cultures by learning Balkan and Eastern European Folk and Gypsy tunes. Session times 10.30-3.30pm daily (Social until 6pm) Performance Friday 6.30pm Who is it for? All ages – from 13 upwards [...]

Sat 23 August 2014

Day 3: Learn the most beautiful songs from Eastern Europe and the Balkans

10:30am - 3:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Tutor: Gundula Gruen Who is it for? All ages –children below 13 must be accompanied by an adult Anybody who loves to sing – no previous knowledge necessary Mixed level, mixed vocal range – there are easier and more difficult [...]