Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has joined with Tomorrow’s Warriors to help redress the balance in representation at grassroots level in the UK jazz scene by reaching out to young musicians from diverse backgrounds. The new project, Jazz Hang, will launch in January 2021.
With a particular focus on Black and young female musicians aged 11-16, Jazz Hang centres around a weekly Sunday residency programme of informal and practical jazz learning hosted at Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music. The weekly sessions will be delivered by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ music leaders. In addition, termly masterclasses also involving Trinity Laban Jazz tutors will be open to the wider community. The project is supported by generous funding from Sir William Boreman’s Foundation. The project will also provide professional development opportunities for Tomorrow’s Warriors and Trinity Laban jazz students, who will operate as workshop assistants.
One of Europe’s leading conservatoires for jazz, Trinity Laban has been the higher education study destination for many of the young musicians developed by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ highly successful Learning and Artist Development programmes that focus on young, black and female talent. These artists include MOBO winner Moses Boyd, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Joe Armon-Jones and Nubya Garcia.
Hans Koller, Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban said: "This work is an exciting evolution in Trinity Laban’s 15-year relationship with Tomorrow’s Warriors, building on our shared reputation as innovators. Jazz has always been a music of defiance, of critical thinking, of overcoming barriers. That’s very important to us here at Trinity Laban and it’s an ethos we share with Tomorrow’s Warriors. It is important for us to build on tradition but be relevant and contemporary. Together we continue to lay the foundations for a dynamic and diverse UK jazz scene and build a rich community of artists."
Janine Irons MBE, Tomorrow's Warriors, said: "At Tomorrow’s Warriors, we believe that access to the arts and music education should be available to all, regardless of background. Our pioneering Young Artist Development Programme primarily supports the early careers of young artists with a focus on the black community, female musicians and those facing socio-economic barriers and, over the past 29 years, has reached over 10,000 young people. So it’s fantastic to continue our long relationship with Trinity Laban for this new partnership to engage the hard to reach young, diverse talent and really move the needle for change."
Ahead of the launch, there will be taster sessions for young people excited by jazz, keen to develop skills and learn how to play. The informal half-day workshops provide a taste of what jazz learning is like, and the opportunity to experience some great live jazz and meet other young musicians.
Learn more on the Jazz Hang webpage.
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