2010 Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Workshop Schedule Finalized

June 23, 2010

Creaking Tree String Quartet – Thursday July 15, 3 p.m. – Yellow Belly

“Putting The Range In Arrangements” – Arranging Tunes For Small Groups

Spend an hour with The Creaking Tree String Quartet as they describe the methods behind the madness of some of their arranging concepts. The group will take their own material and explain how it went from a melody and chords to a performable, planned arrangement. They will also answer general questions and touch on topics of interest to the audience.

Dominic Mancuso – Saturday July 17, 1:00 p.m. – Dusk Ultralounge

“In The Moment ” – Approaches To Live Performance

2010 JUNO award winner Dominic Mancuso will lead the workshop with some of Canada’s most versatile & innovative musicians (Tony Zorzi on guitars and John Johnson on saxes and woodwinds). Employing a broad musical vocabulary, they’ll explore a porous approach to live musical performance, engaging the audience as much as the performer. Performance and Q&A to follow.

H’Sao – Saturday July 17, 3:00 p.m. – The Majestic Theatre

“Chadian Rhythms” – African Dance & Singing

With their stellar acapella voices, harmonies and dancing, this group will move your spirit as well as your feet!  H’Sao are a Montreal based group who draw from gospel, traditional African music, as well as their Chadian roots, H’sao display clear soul, pop, and R&B influences. This is a workshop is sure to get you moving.

Morgan Davis – Sunday July 18, 1:00 p.m. – Dusk Ultralounge

“History of the Blues” – Interactive Demonstration

Using music from his personal collection, interspersed with commentary and anecdotes along with audience participation, he takes folks on a journey spanning two continents and 80 years of recorded blues. From African music to the “field hollers” of the southern U.S., from Mississippi to Chicago… From Georgia to Texas, Morgan illustrates regional styles as well as influences and interpretations from one artist to another, often using recorded snippets along with his own guitar.

Simon Fisk– Sunday July 18, 3:00 p.m. – The Masonic Temple

“Exploring Free Spaces” – Spontaneous Improvisation”

Spontaneous versus frivolous or reactive improvisation clinic. Spontaneous meaning listening/absorbing what is happening and becoming part of the musical ensemble as opposed to frivolous or reactive improvisation where what is actually happening is merely reacted to rather than absorbed and participated in. The trio will talk about opening up song forms and stretching into free spaces and ways to arrive back. They will also introduce integral ear training exercises to strengthen ones intuitive playing, as well as ways to practice intuitive playing.


Educational Workshops are open to all ages and have an admission of $10.00 at the door.
Instruments are welcome.

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  1. […] 2010 WIJBF Workshops – The dates, times and locations of all the workshops at this year’s Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival have been finalized. Admission is $10 and FREE for Festival Pass Holders or those with Wristbands.Click here to find out more. […]

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