AYM Elements: Finding Your Musical Language in Jazz
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This Elements day will explore the evolution of jazz language whilst finding new tools to develop our own voice within improvised music. Allowing us as musicians, composers and improvisors to broaden our skills whilst appreciating our past musical heritage and bring it to today’s modern jazz and beyond.
We will be listening briefly to some key influential improvisors who helped shape the sound of jazz as we know it. We highly encourage participants to listen in advance and familiarise themselves with music by Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davies, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Mingus and Duke Ellington. We will be delving into standard jazz practices picking some new tools along the way such as: jazz harmony, time, feel and rhythm; whilst using modal jazz harmony as our music making vehicle. We will discuss what modal jazz is and how it differs from other types of jazz harmony. Through the course of the day, we will break into smaller groups where you will be encouraged to direct your own rehearsals, compose new material and explore own ideas of our new found skills. We will conclude the day with a short informal presentation of our fresh ensembles and new music.
This day is very much a practical, hands-on, music-making day from beginning to end and, as always, a new adventure for us as workshop leaders and musicians; plenty of musical risks and for sure inspiration to take home with you.
We very much look forward to seeing you all! Chris and Liran
This month’s VocalLab is led by Dominic Ellis-Peckham, one of the most renowned and celebrated choral leaders both in the UK and internationally.
VocalLab is AYM’s unique vocal resource. Although it is an ensemble made up of voices, VocalLab is much more than a choir! Instead, it is a Vocal Laboratory for AYMs to experiment with their voice, a platform for aural training which develops valuable musical skills and confidence in a relaxed and social environment. VocalLab provides opportunities for AYMs to lead, compose for and develop their own ensemble, using the instrument we all have in common – the voice. The ensemble encapsulates the AYM ethos of bringing an individual’s specific skills to the fore and applying them to a huge range of styles. Through exposure to music from all around the world, covering many centuries, Aldeburgh Young Musicians are encouraged to be versatile and able young musicians.
This weekend is a Mentoring weekend: we are looking forward to welcoming our team of eleven mentors back to Snape to deliver another year of excellent mentoring.
About the artists
Bass player, producer and composer Liran Donin has been involved with high profile and cutting edge artists, bands and projects both nationally and internationally since his arrival from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Currently based in London, Liran rapidly became a highly sought after bass player across a varied musical spect rum. Wit h his distinctive power house groove and his virtuosic approach to electric and double bass, Liran has been pushing the limits of the bass to unknown territories. He has been recording and touring alongside artists such as Mercury Prize Award nominees Led Bib and Polar Bear, BBC folk award winners The Unthanks, Ethiopian vibraphonist legend Mulatu Astatke, rock and pop artists such as Chrissie Hynde and US indie band Here We Go Magic. He has also worked with the late great Tabla maestro Pandit Shardah Sahai and the incredible vocalist Aruna Sairam amongst many others. His bass could also be heard on some films and TV works with his recent session for George Lucas and Disney Production film – Strange Magic.
Donin is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut album with his band 1000 Boats featuring and accompanied by an exciting and fiery band comprised of Chris WIlliams, Josh Arcoleo, Maria Chiara Argiro and Ben Brown.
Chris was born and raised in North London and after being inspired by jazz in his early years of playing has grown to love playing music of all types. He is an active member in the thriving London music scene, covering genres from electro pop and left field rock to African folk and free improv. Being involved in this vast array of styles whilst striving for his own voice in these settings has had a profound effect on how he approaches music and has led to Chris playing in a number of groups including genre-dodging outfit Led Bib (Mercury Music Prize 2009), Let Spin and Metamorphic, as well as with musicians such as Indo-Jazz clarinettist Arun Ghosh, Sarathy Korwar and Zambian singer-songwriter Namvula.
Keen to broaden his development alongside his professional career, Chris undertook an MA in Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, going on to receive the Meaker Fellowship in 2018, the first Jazz graduate to receive such a fellowship at the Academy.
Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor and chorus master, specialising in opera and choral repertoire. He has been commended by reviewers as ‘a latent star’ and is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionately championing new works and delivering inspirational collaborations. Dominic has prepared choruses in opera houses, festivals and on the concert stage for BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. and The Bach Choir.
He regularly conducts The Meridian Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, performing on leading UK concert stages including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Wigmore Hall. Forever a collaborator, Dominic has worked alongside Sir Simon Rattle, Stephane Deneve, Sir Richard Hickox, Bernard Labadie, Edward Gardner OBE, Simon Halsey CBE, David Hill, Robert Ziegler, Michael Hofstetter, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Christopher Bell, Vassily Sinaisky, Sir David Willcocks CBE, Lorin Maazel, Stefan Bevier and John Rutter CBE.
Dominic holds an array of conducting posts, including Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of The Chamber Choir of London, Principle Conductor of The Rosewood Sinfonia, Guest Conductor for London Mozart Players, Guest Chorus Master for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Assistant Music Director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford, Music Director of London Oriana Choir and Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir and has been praised internationally for his ‘freshness and vitality’ in the direction of orchestral and choral performances and recordings. He is also Chorus Director and Visiting Artist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Guest Conductor for The Royal Opera House Big Sing programme and Presenter for The Royal Opera House BP Big Screens and Insight Evenings, interviewing leading figures such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Eva-Marie Westbrook and among many others. In 2016 Dominic conducted The London Mozart Players’ Royal Gala performance for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, including a world premier by Roxanna Pannufnik.
Find out more | Key contact
Matt Wigley – Producer, AYM