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Grand Union Orchestra presents
Grand Union Youth Orchestra Sessions
Sunday 5 November
In a nutshell
Workshops for young musicians led by professional jazz and world-musicians from International Grand Union Orchestra
Internationally celebrated professional musicians, born or bred into all major musical traditions worldwide, share their knowledge and expertise in free monthly master-classes and workshops.
The GUYO autumn programme will explore themes of revolution and music. Drums and drumming have always been associated with insurgency, a means of gaining attention and gathering momentum; but rhythm can also be more subtly subversive.
This programme gives young musicians the opportunity to explore these ideas for themselves. It continues the process begun in this year’s Summer School, and work created by participants then and by GUYO members during the autumn programme in response to this theme will be performed in the concert at Rich Mix in December, Rhythms and Revolution.
What to Expect
Young musicans can expect to learn about world music first hand from experts, discover new instruments and develop improvisation skills, meet and create with like-minded young musicians.
Sun 5 Nov: GUYO Masterclass led by clumbina Emeris Solis in currulao and bunde rhythms and songs. Explore how indigenous music melded with European music brought to South America by the Spanish. Throughout South America, the Caribbean and Cuba slaves kept their old traditions, customs and religions alive through music from their native Africa; and this gave birth to jazz, perhaps the most revolutionary music of all, with its additional emphasis on improvisation.
Sun 3 Dec: Rehearsal for Rhythms and Revolution show.
Shanti Paul Jayasinha (Sri Lanka / Scotland) lives and works in London in the jazz and world music fields. His professional career took off whilst attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama when he was the featured soloist with Kenny Wheeler on the CD ‘Walk Softly’. He has played for such bands as Alex Wilson, Tim Garland, Monica Vasconcelos, Snowboy, Etheridge’s Zappatistas, the Brand New Heavies, Michael Garrick, Clare Foster and Merengada. As well as performing live with the Grand Union Orchestra since 1987.
Abass Dodoo (southern Ghana) is an anthropologist and researcher in the field of traditional music and dance in Ghana. Apart from running numerous workshops and master classes Abass has been worked with the legendary CREAM drummer Ginger Baker, for 10 years. Touring legendary Jazz venues and festivals around the globe, together Baker and Dodoo collaborate to perform and produce clinics and workshops. Abass has been involved in many innovative performances, recordings, TV appearances and educational projects, and in 2012 performed for a season in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar.
Louise Elliot (Australia) works with her own ensembles and has worked with distinguished selection of African and South American musicians. Louise joined Grand Union in 1984. She continues to perform and develop her own work, besides becoming increasingly involved in music education as a teacher and workshop leader.
Josh Brandler (Caribbean British) graduated through our Youth Orchestra and now is a key part of our workshop and performance team as a multi-instrumentalist and mentor to our younger players. He also teaches in several schools.
Claude Deppa (South Africa) is an inspirational teacher and workshop leader. As well as being a key member of the Grand Union workshop team, he directs the brass section of Kinetika (young musicians from across London who perform music for carnival processions) and runs recycled percussion ensembles for Newham and the ARK Academies in London.
What people are saying
'The Grand Union Orchestra has been making great, radical world jazz in the musical melting pot of London’s East End for thirty years... the way the band uses voices is just so inspiring.’ Duncan Heining London Jazz News
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Things you should know
These workshops are open to ages 12 - 26
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Sun 5 November
Sun 3 December