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Duo Workshop: Faye MacCalman & John Pope  -  Sat May 18, 2019  |  03:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
In a new departure for Jazz North East, we are collaborating with Sage Gateshead to stage a series of workshops hosted by established North East duos. Each will draw on the particular experience and expertise of the duo to focus on different areas of jazz and improvisation, and share this with participating students.

May’s workshop is in the hands of reeds player Faye MacCalman and bassist John Pope, both Newcastle based, but whose playing as a duo and in larger groups has earned them a growing national and international reputation as two of the most versatile and progressive young musicians on the UK scene. Their workshop will look at creative arranging and improvising with songs from both within and outside of the jazz canon. They will also explore how they use their non-chordal duo to explore texture, space and dynamics, discussing how to combine freedom with composition and how these two can interlock, and encouraging players to bring their own creative voice to any music they play.

All instrumentalists and vocalists aged 14+ are welcome to the workshops, with concessionary registration rates available for 14-18 year olds and other groups. Participants are asked to bring their own instruments, although piano, drum kit and amps can be made available at the venue - it would help if participants let Jazz North East know in advance of any particular requirements by emailing

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This event is a collaboration with Sage Gateshead