Workshop with Top Jazz Musicians

Develop jazz skills at the University of Ulster

Leading Irish jazz musicians are offering musicians the chance to develop their jazz skills as part of the University of Ulster's annual Talks and Tours programme.

Jazz for Everyone is a series of workshops designed by vocalist Cormac Kenevey, guitarist Mark McKnight, David Lyttle drums and bassist Damian Evans. 

UU's cutural development officer Janet Mackle said: 'This programme is designed to be equally beneficial for musicians who are completely new to jazz as well as introducing new concepts to those who have some jazz experience.

'These workshops will focus on helping participants to learn what their instrument’s role is in the jazz ensemble and on developing improvisation techniques and new skills for ensemble playing.

'The workshops will be relevant for vocalists and a wide range of instruments. Participants will learn the basic skills to begin improvising in a group setting and be shown how to work on improving those skills at home for future development.'

Jazz vocalist Cormac Kenevey is a regular performer across Ireland and the UK and has appeared at many international jazz festivals.  He has been an invited soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the RTE Concert  Orchestra, was recently voted in the top ten vocalists world-wide in the American DownBeat magazine and has two critically acclaimed albums. 

Mark McKnight has established himself as one of the country's leading young jazz musicians.  In 2000, aged 17, he was a finalist in Guitarist Magazine's Guitarist of the Year and in 2001 he won the Ernie
Ball/Music Man ‘Guitarist of the Year’ accolade.  He studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music, Boston and was awarded third place in the prestigious Montreux International Jazz Guitar Competition.  He is currently studying for a PhD in Performance at the University of Ulster’s School of Creative Arts at Magee.

Jazz drummer David Lyttle, a graduate of the University of Ulster, has quickly become one of this island’s most acclaimed performers.  He is also recognized as a skilled composer.  His latest projects include high-profile collaborations with US saxophone giants Greg Osby and Jean Toussaint, and a tour of Ireland that featured the mammoth talents of British alto saxophone/rap star Soweto Kinch.

Damian Evans has developed a reputation as one of the leading bassists in Ireland since he moved here from Australia two years ago.  He is in regular demand to accompany leading names on the
Irish jazz scene and has also worked with acclaimed overseas artists such as Soweto Kinch, Terrel Stafford and Julian Siegal.

For further information or to book phone 028 7032 4449 visit www.culture.ulster.ac.uk and click on Talks and Tours.

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