Brazilian Jazz & Improvisation workshop
Following a complete jazz education, a singer can deepen his own experience, practicing vocal improvisation through various musical styles and forms. One learns how to improvise on a blues form, a swing, a bop standard, or on a brasilian jazz standard.
Each musical style has its own harmonic and rythmic caracteristics. It is totally different to build a vocal solo on a swing standard, a jazz ballad, or on a brasilian bossa. Learning how to make the difference and how to use the various harmonic and rythmic elements of each style, is part of the vocalist’s education.
This seminar based on the brasilian jazz vocal improvisation, is a fruit of a long study, passion and admiration for some very important singers, such as Joao Gilberto, Ellis Regina, Gal Costa etc., and also some great brasilian and european composers (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicious de Moraes, Silvio Rodriguez, Bruno Martino) who offered us some of the most famous master pieces of brasilian jazz music.
Being part of the jazz tradition, brasilian jazz music is still very different of the american jazz music partly because of it’s harmony but essentially because of it’s rhythm. Brasilian music is based on african rythms that were transformed through the ages and adapted to create various brasilian musical styles.
This seminar is open to all levels, beginners and advanced jazz singers, who love brasilian music.We will discover the brasilian clave, we will danse the samba in order to feel this special brasilian groove in our bodies.
We will definately give our attention to the great composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, learning through some of his songs based on various forms, from bossa to samba but also some of his legendary ballads. In the end we will try a polyphonic approach of some songs, recreating the harmony and the intimate pulse of this music, by using only voices. Human voice as a musical instrument can not be confined in restrict forms and styles, imitating and reproducing a “standard” musical approach. Like any other instrument, voice can lead us to unexpectable and magical landscapes of creation.
You are all welcome even if you have never improvised again!..There is always a first time!..