Township jazz

Course Dates: 16/01/22 - 13/02/22
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Play arrangements with opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome, but rhythm section places are limited. Please contact prior to enrolling if you play drum kit, bass, piano or guitar. Tutor: Paul Bartholomew.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: ME1059

Sun, day, 16 Jan - 13 Feb '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Explore and be inspired by the joyous sounds of South African township music. This is an ensemble course: learn repertoire and play as a band by reading arrangements of popular songs.

What will we cover?

You will learn to play a few of tunes often referred to as "Township" repertoire, by composers Abdullah Ibrahim, Kippie Moeketsi, Jonas Gwangwa and Barney Rachabane.
Through these tunes you will develop listening and ensemble skills. We will also explore approaches to improvising over simple chord structures in the appropriate style.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- demonstrate knowledge of Township music styles
- have learned repertoire by ear and by reading notation
- play arrangements of South African tunes
- improvise in an appropriate way through enhanced understanding of S A harmony and style.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You need to play your instrument well enough to contribute to the class ensemble, and be able to read a score (front line instruments) and chord chart (rhythm section). Grade 5 minimum standard.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In addition to music charts, there will be recordings to listen to and tutor demonstration to follow.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring your instrument. Bring a lead for amplified instruments. Amps, 2 pianos and drum kit are supplied in the recital room.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We hope to offer this short course again later in the year.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.