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Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music

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Overview

This three-week program brings together emerging and early career artists from around the world to work and study with Co-Artistic Directors Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey, as well as internationally acclaimed guest mentors. 

The goal is to learn, converse, build, experiment, refine, and transform — to reimagine the state of the art. This program is one of the most intensive that Banff Centre offers and continues our 40-year history of incredible jazz exploration. 

What does the program offer?

The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music is designed to help emerging and early career musicians become performers/composers of consequencein the world, with an emphasis on community and collaboration. Scholarship is available.

Participants will experience one-on-one mentorship, ensemble sessions, and faculty-led presentations and workshops. Participants also have an opportunity to present various public and in-house performances. Studio spaces and music huts are available during the three-week residency.

There is a major recording component to the residency and two weeks of sessions spent in our world class studio with renowned faculty engineers and producers.   

Who should apply?

This residency is open to musicians and vocalists worldwide. The successful applicants will be post-secondary students, or emerging or early career artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of musical exploration. 

Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially welcomed. 

Dates: August 03 - August 22, 2020

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Fees & Financial Assistance

  • Program Fee (Single room)* $3 413.25+GST
  • Program Fee (Shared room)* $2 804.25+GST
  • Program Fee with Financial Aid (Single room) $1 975.05+GST
  • Program Fee with Financial Aid (Shared room) $1 366.05 +GST

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (accommodation and meals are not eligible)

Deadline: 
01/15/2020
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Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music

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Overview

This three-week program brings together emerging artists from around the world to work and study with Co-Artistic Directors Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey, as well as internationally acclaimed guest mentors. The goal is to learn, converse, build, experiment, refine, and transform — to reimagine the state of the art. This program is one of the most intensive that Banff Centre offers, and continues our 40-year history of incredible jazz exploration.  

What does the program offer?

The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music is designed to help emerging musicians become performers/composers of consequence in the world, with an emphasis on community and collaboration.

There is a major recording component to the residency and two weeks of sessions spent in our world-class studio with renowned faculty engineers and producers.  

Participants will receive a personal studio space to work from, available 24 hours a day. Production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency. Scholarship is available.

Who should apply?

Open to applicants worldwide, this residency is a call for artists and composers who have an established practice. Artists should have produced an independent body of work and received recognition through public presentation in performance or recordings as well as from their peers.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2019

Date: August 05 - August 23, 2019

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8th Annual Jazz and Beat Festival

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Saturday, October 16, 1pm - 10pm, experience the live collaboration of jazz painters and musicians live on two stages at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First Street, Davis, CA. Friday, October 17, 6:30pm - 10pm, special guest, Beat poet Michael McClure performing and Poetry Contest Winners reading their work! This event is the premier collaborative conference in the region.

The Beat Goes on! Saturday, October 17, 1pm-10pm, experience an intimate festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisations set to the rhythm of live jazz. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances by well-known jazz musicians, jazz painters, and poets. Combining visual art and music, two live sites will feature jazz musicians and painters, working at a rapid pace, to simultaneously create improvisational artworks -- a unique and exclusive privilege for the audience. Featured musicians include Trance Mission and Nadal.

Beat poet Michael McClure will perform Friday evening accompanied on the keyboard by Tony Passarell, followed by the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest winners reading their work. 

Poetry Contest Guidelines

We are looking for poems that reflect upon or honor the spirit of “Beat,” whatever that means to you. Typically, Beat-influenced poems are anti-authoritarian, rhapsodic, ecstatic, jazzy, etc. Send a maximum of three poems, not to exceed six total pages. Entries must be the original work of the contestant. Entries will not be returned. Please provide a page with your name, phone number, address and email. Submit the 
information page with your entry to:

Dr. Andy Jones, Beat Generation and Beyond Poetry Editor 
Jackkerouaccontest@gmail.com 
(Winners must attend the (free) conference on October 16, 2015, to read and have the opportunity for their work to be published.)

What others are saying about the Jazz Festival: 
“I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this level of interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual, musical and literary arts. It’s the great work.” 
-Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash

“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.” 
-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

For more information, go to http://www.natsoulas.com, or contact Nancy Resler, art@natsoulas.com.

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