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Grand Union Orchestra presents

Grand Union Youth Orchestra Sessions

Sunday 2 July
Main Space

In a nutshell

Workshops for young musicians led by professional jazz and world-musicians from International Grand Union Orchestra

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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.

July: Rehearsal for Gala Mela  show, GUYO and guest artists

Who's Involved

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.