Jazz Experience/Workshops

How the Jazz Experience came to exist:

After studying with different people, I found that most teaching methods don’t work for me, neither for others. I felt like the core wasn’t in place, where it should be in my opinion, nor had the right fundamentals*. After studying myself and getting guided to explore the world of jazz, I want to share my knowledge and experiences, because with all these experiences I’ve found my essence of music. Now, let’s find yours.

The sense of freedom that is felt and the option to tell a personal story through your instrument motivates me to expand my vocabulaire* so that I’m able to ‘say’ what I want to ‘say’. Music is a language and interaction is essential and moving. The ability to tell a substantial story motivates me too, but, in my opinion, the most motivating element of improvisation music is the ability to enhance harmony and emotion by rhythm and intention. Discard all the standards, thats beauty. What this creates is your own sound. There are no tricks, no instant-recipes. If you are you on your instrument, you are one of a kind right away.

How you can be you on your instrument is one of the things I will help you figure out.

One of the my methods to find your sound has developed itself into a workshop. The Workshop “Drum Solo’s”. This is a representative video of the workshop, October 24th, Drum Solo’s.

Video report by Mark van Reusel

Continuing… A misconception about jazz is that it’s ‘old’. I’d rather think of jazz as a way of thinking, listening and experiencing music than a genre. Why? Yes, jazz is a genre, but it doesn’t end there. Jazz is hip-hop mixed with themes, solo’s and interaction. Jazz is folk, mixed with rock yet still have room for solo’s***. Jazz, to me at least, is freedom to embrace your life experiences, your musical influences. A place where you can be yourself. There is a lot of room for solos. What that means, in my eyes, is that there is freedom to tell a story wherein you decide it’s nuances.

Getting back on the misconception, there are a lot of sorts of jazz. Often jazz is interpreted as swing music, or straight-ahead jazz. Modern jazz is then interpreted as avant-garde by non-musicians, even by musicians sometimes. As I mentioned before, jazz is a way, not necessarily only a genre. Modern jazz, however, is more groove based. Or has swing-feel but doesn’t hold on to the most known pattern “ching, ching-a-ling”. Avant-garde is free to such an extend that it holds no form, but is pure expression. What do I like the most? Improvisation music in all forms. For example SIMIO’s music: It has a great balance between freedom of personal stories and telling a returning passage with your band members.

Why Jazz? Because you can be you.

*(Philosophic) thoughts.

**Your technique and independence allow you to “speak” on your instrument, just as grammar and vocabulaire help you speak a language.

***Room to show your interpretation off the song and elaborate on that.