Hello, and welcome to Beyond Cello!
We had a really exciting year last year, looking at jazz, improvisation and world music and it’s been great to see so many people wanting to learn, and develop their creative skills.
My own journey into this area began with a love of jazz, and as I was living in Jerusalem at the time North African and Arabic music, which also remains a central influence on my musical activities.
I love the idea of creating one’s own synthesis of languages from the huge melting pot of sounds we encounter in life, as well as studying a particular given tradition, and for a long time it has seemed to me a shame that the cello has been less developed outside of the classical world that our little cousin, the violin, probably down to size and expense matters rather than any actual musical considerations.
This year, we covered a range of ideas and musical styles, including jazz, gypsy jazz, free improvisation, improvisation in classical contexts and world music traditions including North Africa, the Middle East, Balkans and Latin America. Everything is learned by ear, and follow-up materials (mp3s, sheet music, practice exercises etc.) are provided after the sessions.
We discussed extensively the value of both learning by ear, and developing improvising skills, for a variety of different contexts, including application in teaching and performance, so I hope that this course has some very practical input for everyone.
I look forward to sharing some of my favourite music with you through this course. Join me in a journey of exploring our beautiful instrument and finding your own voice through it.
Further details can be found on our Beyond Cello Events page shortly, and a listening list is below to give you some inspirations and start you on your own explorations.