A workshop on exploring the basics of jazz singing and improvisation.
One of the most important parts of learning music is the time that we spent with our own instrument/voice while we are practicing. Learning a specific genre of music and especially jazz involves a lot of information regarding the music's origin and history as well as it's material. Jazz is an improvising form of art and in order to be able to gain that freedom of creativity as contradictory as it seems the steps towards it have to be broken down in details. In this workshop we are going to focus on how to get as much information as we can every time we learn a new song and how to practice jazz singing techniques while learning it.
Following some basic steps and trying to understand all the information that is on a lead sheet of a jazz standard is very important and can be very creative at the same time. During the workshop we are going to use the students songs as examples and work on how to practice them as well as how to make their own version/arrangement of it. The goal is to teach the students how to apply these fundamentals in every song that they work on in the future helping them create their own repertoire and practice routine.
But what does "practice" specifically mean in singing and when do I really know a song ? Quoting my teacher JD Walter and from my personal experience, there is a 4-fold understanding for singers: intellectual, aural, vocal and piano. That means to be able to verbally demonstrate, identify by ear, sing and play the intervals, chords, scales and rhythms. At the same time learning about the songs origin and listening to different versions will help with developing a better understanding of the sound and style of the music.
During the 5 days we will work with each student in all of the above individually as well as a group and prepare a performance for the end of the seminar.
JD Walter / Fundamental Theory and Methods for Improvisation and Chart Writing for the Jazz Singer
Bob Stoloff/ Scat Vocal Improvisation Techniques
Terry was born in Athens, Greece. She started taking music lessons at the age of 12, but her first experiences in local choirs began earlier as a child. In 2004 she was accepted at the Music Department of the Ionian University in Corfu. Influenced by the strong presence of the universities jazz department, she decided to become an improvisational musician and to emphasize on jazz studies. There she studied and worked with renowned musicians like George Kontrafouris, Dimos Dimitriadis, Vasilis Rakopoulos and Dimitris Kalatzis. At the same time she was a bandleader and a member of professional bands performing different music styles in venues around Greece. For five years she participated in Ionian Jazz Summer Academy in Corfu where she studied with international jazz vocalist such as Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Katchie Cartwright and JD Walter.
With the intention to concentrate further in jazz singing she moved to New York in 2011 . She was awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship and the Onassis Foundation scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree at Aaron Copland School of Music. During her studies she was a semifinalist at the 2012 European Jazz Competition "Voicingers" that took place in Zori, Poland. Terry currently lives in New York where she performs regularly with her own projects in venues including "Le Poisson Rouge", "Cornelia St Cafe", "Swing 46"," Somethin Jazz Club","Silvana" . She is preparing to record her debut album in the Fall of 2015 with her own original compositions and arrangements inspired by her four years of living in the city.