'An Introduction to Improvisation'
for the classical player
6-12 Sept 2020
Le Pras, Juignac, Charente, France
This course is postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
New course dates will be published soon.
Register now to be notified of rescheduled and future courses!
Join us for a six day retreat at LE PRAS in the beautiful countryside of Southwest France!
5 HOURS OF TUITION EACH DAY!
POST-COURSE ONLINE SUPPORT!
ALL EN-SUITE ACCOMODATION!
ALL MEALS AND DRINKS - YES IT'S ALL INCLUSIVE!
AIRPORT/STATION PICK UP SERVICE!
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR ALL 2021 COURSES UNTIL 31.12.20!
British born saxophonist Jon Rebbeck is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a founding member of the internationally-acclaimed Apollo Saxophone Quartet. Jon creates music with musicians from a variety of cultures and as mentor, educator and producer supports musicians and live music projects in the Hong Kong community and beyond.
Saxophonist-composer Andy Scott performs internationally with his creative projects (Apollo Sax Quartet, Group S, Duo with Dave Hassell) and as a guest artist/educator. Tutor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music, Andy has designed specialist Sax Days and courses, whilst his many compositions are regularly performed worldwide. Andy endorses Selmer Paris Saxophones & Vandoren and is published by Astute Music. Read more
About the course
Have you ever been panicking inside when reading a big band chart, solo piece, playing in a show or other ensemble when you can see those dreaded chord symbols approaching? Don't worry, we've both been there too! It's a shame to have to tell your fellow musicians or the band leader that you can't improvise at that point and could someone else please take the solo! Or even not play a particular piece that you love because of a short improvisatory section?
Joining with other like-minded instrumentalists this course will help you avoid these feelings of trepidation, it will boost your confidence and improve your skills as you unlock the door to a whole new world of creativity!
With jazz curricula now on offer at many conservatoires/colleges and jazz now included in exam syllabi we appreciate there are many players and teachers who would welcome steps further into the genre, yet actively exploring the world of improvisation is routinely assumed to be rather daunting. Joining with other like minded musicians in the relaxing environment of the French countryside we will demystify the art of improvisation, introduce a range of jazz styles and concepts and look at how 'classical' technique and theory is applicable to improvisation.
Essentially we're talking about understanding how music works, which first & foremost involves listening, along with associated theory and being able to communicate via our chosen musical instrument. It's like trying to solve a puzzle, and once you delve into improvisation you may never want to stop!
Improvisation and jazz has become a big part of both our careers, yet apart from some big band experience in our youth we were both fundamentally classically trained, so it’s a challenge we can both relate to very much!
This course goes beyond the 6 day retreat as we will also provide you post-course follow up through the Music Retreats members area enabling you to keep in touch with us to assist your progress in the months beyond the course - included in the course fee!
Only 12 places available, so reserve yours now!
See you there!
Andy & Jon
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT PRICE NOW AVAILABLE!
5 hours group tuition per day
Post-course online support
All meals and drinks - ALL INCLUSIVE!
Airport/Railway station pick up*
Single room w/en-suite £849 pp now £749
Shared twin room w/en-suite £749 pp now £649
Non-participating partners £449 pp now £399
*Courtesy pick-up at set time once per day. Check-in after 4pm, check out before 10.30am. Price includes all meals, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
**Offer valid until 31 December 2020
An Introduction to Improvisation
Expand your musical awareness
Unlock the door to a world of creativity
Learn new skills
Boost your confidence
If you have any specific questions about the course, don't hesitate to get in touch!
Direct seasonal flights are available from UK/Europe to Bordeaux, Bergerac and Limoges. Direct TGV operates from Paris to Angouleme and direct from Paris CDG Airport. Car Hire is available at Angouleme Railway Station. Nearest cross-channel ports are Caen and St Malo