2018 School Concerts and Workshops

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WAYJO is proud to present an exciting line-up of concerts and workshops for schools in 2018.

We know that it can be difficult for schools and teachers to organise dates and times for extra-curricular activities. So in 2018 WAYJO are offering a number of events throughout the year for schools to book and experience some of the best young musicians in Perth, and offer a variety of dates and guest artists to work with your students to inspire them.

From March to November, on the first Friday of the month, WAYJO concerts and workshops for students will take place Downstairs at The Maj from 3pm. Our Musical Directors and guest artists will provide a 30-minute workshop followed by a 30-minute performance highlighting the aspects covered in the workshop.

Our focus for these events is largely on great female jazz artists, with female guest artists from Sydney, Melbourne, and New York via Japan, as well as some of Perth’s leading musicians. We will also recreate a truly great jazz album and be joined by a visiting faculty member from KUG Institute of Jazz, Graz, Austria.

Tickets for staff and students are $12 each for the first concert/workshop, and $10 for every other concert/workshop booked.

Please download the BOOKING FORM and return it at least 2 weeks prior your first workshop date.
Places at each workshop and concert are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

For more information, call the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra on 08 9471 1950 or email admin@wayjo.com

2018 WAYJO Concert and Workshop Program

‘Downstairs at The Maj’ from 3pm
His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth 

Friday 2 March – Celebrating the Greats
WAYJO Artistic Director, Mace Francis, will present a workshop on great compositions in the jazz genre, celebrating female composers. The Wednesday Night Orchestra will then perform a selection of these works so students can hear the works live.

Friday 6 April – Ladies Sing the Blues
WAYJO’s vocalists will take to the stage to explain in depth what it means to sing jazz, working with a big band and interpreting the classic arrangements. The Tuesday Night Orchestra will provide the sound for an all swingin’ toe-tappin’ concert of big band repertoire.

Friday 4 May – Ellen Kirkwood (Sydney)
Ellen Kirkwood is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader and teacher from Newtown, Sydney. As part of the Sirens Big Band, Fat Yahoozah and other groups, Ellen is a leader at the forefront of jazz in Australia, and has worked with WAYJO as a guest tutor in our Young Women in Jazz workshop program. Ellen will be joined by the Wednesday Night Orchestra.

Friday 1 June – Alex Silver (Sydney)
A seasoned trombonist, Alex has performed at jazz festivals worldwide both as part of ensembles and as trombone soloist. She’s also performed with James Morrison, Don Burrows, The Whitlams, Tex Perkins, and Renee Geyer. She has also been course Director for the SIMA Improvistation Workshops for Young Women since 2010.

Friday 3 August – Julian Argüelles (Graz University)
UK composer, saxophonist, bandleader and educator Julian Argüelles has always spoken with a unique voice and is hugely influential to a new generation of British and European jazz musicians. As an educator, Julian is respected and in demand. He is currently professor of Jazz Saxophone at the KUG Institute of Jazz in Graz, Austria where he now lives. The Wednesday Night Orchestra will join Julian for the workshop and concert.

Friday 7 September – Atomic Basie
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of this seminal jazz album by Count Basie, WAYJO Artistic Director will lead a “listening lesson” focusing on the intricacies of this modern masterpiece. WAYJO’s Tuesday Night Orchestra will then play select pieces from the album.

Friday 5 October – Migiwa Miyajima (Japan/New York)
Fresh from the jazz clubs of New York City, Japanese pianist and composer Migiwa Miyajima will provide students with a unique perspective on creating music across cultures. Migiwa will be joined by the Wednesday Night Orchestra to perform some of her compositions live.

Friday 9 November – Artemis Orchestra
Perth’s first all-female Big Band featuring WAYJO alumni and Young Women in Jazz program tutors appear to workshop improvisational technique with students. The group will combine with WAYJO’s female members to perform a special set of big band music designed to inspire young women with the same passion this group has for jazz.


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