VOICE & MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP


ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP OFFERS à la Carte

I am pleased to have developed the following workshops for small groups in academic, Jazz Combo and choral contexts. I based the development of these units on my experience as soloist and director in many Gospel music ensembles, as teacher at the Hamburg School of Music, at the Jugendmusikschule Hamburg Mitte, and during my work and research as Professor for Jazz Vocals at the Hochschule für Musik & Theater Hamburg.

I look forward to sharing these programs with students, teachers and departments outside of Germany as well, and can work with your administration to craft a meaningful program of study and music in your academic context.

From time to time, I offer the workshops in Hamburg on an invitation or application-only basis. Stay tuned for dates and opportunities to participate in the Euphoric Movements Workshop series.

My workshops consist of lectures, musical games, listening and study, technical training and discussion. Until a more detailed description of each workshop is available, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding workshop structure and teaching strategies. Thank you! - KN

1.IMPULSE, CREATIVITY AND JAZZ IMPROVISATION FOR THE JAZZ VOCALIST.

In this workshop, we will
- explore the ideas of playfulness and curiosity in practice and performance, 
- discover what we REALLY enjoy about the creative process and learn to use it in our work, both on- and off-stage.
- learn how to organize our rehearsal time for maximum preparedness for the stage
- explore a series of games designed to improve focus
- learn to listen and conceptualize others' improvisatory styles in a non-academic way.
- improve self confidence

2. LYRIC AS LITERATURE: TEXT, SUBTEXT AND GAZE IN JAZZ VOCAL MUSIC. 

The goal of this workshop is to
- develop our interpretative skills through text analysis, for native as well as non-native English speakers
- bring the vocalist further towards the center of the collective creative process
- refine our understanding of syntax and refine our intuitive ability to work within rhyme- and metaphorical structures

3. A DYNAMIC NATURE OF BEING: GOSPEL MUSIC TRADITION AND THE LITURGICAL PROCESS.

This seminar/workshop examines the roles of composer, conductor, choir, soloist and musician in the whole liturgical process. We examine the history and evolution of Gospel music in America and abroad, anaylze Spirituals for subtext, take a look at the language of transformation which characterizes much of the Gospel repertoire from 1940 to the present, and learn to conduct and perform several Gospel songs in a workshop setting, to round out the learning experience.