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Grand Union Orchestra presents
Grand Union Youth Orchestra Sessions
Sunday 4 June
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 May session will be led by Yousuf Ali Khan (Bangladesh) - tabla. It will explore South Asian classical techniques including how raga works, tals (time-cycles) and tabla bols (beats) and syllables (speaking rhythms and raga). This will also be in preparation for Gala Mela performance in July.
What to Expect
Throughout the programme of workshops young musicians can take part in regular high-profile performances, work alongside leading professional musiciansm learn about world music first hand from experts, discover new instruments and develop improvisation skills, meet and create with like-minded young musicians.
Jun: GUYO workshop preparing for Gala Mela
Masterclass in preparation for our own Gala Mela performance in July. Combining all our South Asian music: Bengali traditional songs, Indian classical music and bhangra with jazz, ska, salsa and West African rhythms. Plenty of room for solos, your own ideas, improvisations and some exciting big band material by Tony Haynes.
Jul: Rehearsal for Gala Mela show, GUYO and guest artists
Yosuf Ali Kham (Bangladesh) – Tablb, Dholak
Yousuf is a celebrated solo tabla virtuoso, and a devotee of Indian classical music, he is also active in teaching and composing. He has a busy concert schedule in the UK and abroad working as a soloist and with instrumentalists, dancers and singers. He has worked with the Grand Union since 1992.
Louise Elliot (Australia) – tenors saxophone, flute
Louise 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) - bass, double bass
Josh 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) - trumpet, African drums
Claude 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. This night also marked the coming of age of GUO’s youth section, with the strings, Mak Murtic on tenor from Croatia and British Caribbean bassist Josh Brandler particularly impressive. But the way the band uses voices is just so inspiring.’ Duncan Heining London Jazz News
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Things you should know
This workshop is open to ages 12 - 26
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Sun 4 June
Sun 2 July
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