Great albums: Kind of Blue
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
“Kind of Blue”, the product of two 3 hour recording sessions, has become a much venerated artefact, a frozen temporal moment , replayed millions of times in millions of environments and contexts. It’s peculiar ambiance means that it can function as a scene enhancing moody backdrop but crucially the quiet intensity of the performances rewards close and committed listening and reveals the detail of the empathetic interactions between the musicians which led to something approaching musical perfection.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Why does the music sound as it does?
- What were the circumstances , musical and otherwise , that influenced the project?
- Why is the recording considered as a watershed in the history of jazz?
- What was the contribution of the other musicians involved?
- How important was the contribution of the recording technicians?
- What came before and what followed as a consequence?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the importance of “Kind of Blue” in not just the musical evolution of Miles Davis but the history of jazz in general
- Explain ,in layman’s terms, the difference between chordal and modal based improvisation.
- Describe the unique set of circumstances that combined to produce “Kind of Blue”.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of jazz is required .
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (zoom) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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