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Friday, February 13, 2015

Mini-Workshop with Zoe Rahman @ Newcastle University - Feb. 12

(Review/photo by Ken Drew).
Prior to the evening concert,  an afternoon mini-workshop proved to be an insightful session aimed mainly at students but also attracting a much wider audience. After the briefest of intros which included some personal background, Zoe launched into a fiery 5 minutes solo to get everyone’s attention, and in the process, revealed 3 sticky notes at the top end of the Bechstein.
Not withstanding, all the participants were brought in to tap/hum/sing/whatever/ the basic riff aand harmony of the complex solo we’d heard. Many brought their own instruments which brought the jamming element of the workshop to life!   And a lucky few enjoyed a brief spell jamming with Zoe – young performers in the making and feeling inspired.  Listening is essential when improvising,  hence we were told to close our eyes and imagine what we would play (yes it makes a big difference!). Once a simple rhythm was established Zoe pointed to each of us in turn to contribute a bar of ‘something / anything’ – ‘jazz hands’  being my forte.  Throughout the session there were many of Zoe’s thoughts on approaching and performing improvisation which were very insightful.  All in all, a hugely enjoyable session in the company of a maestro.
Ken D.

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