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ARTSCAPE YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL (article first published : 2005-05-25)

Artscape, the hub of the performing arts in the Western Cape, is to revive its youth jazz programme after it was temporarily halted following the devastating stage fire at the Theatre it last year.

The programme consists of three elements, namely the selection of a core group of young musicians to form an ensemble; the presentation of workshops and master classes for the core group, and finally the staging of the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival on August 13 this year.

The Artscape Youth Jazz Festival is a showcase event where the cream of the province's youth jazz bands participates in a concert which could launch them into the professional jazz arena.

The selection for the core group and the choosing of bands for the festival will be done during auditions on June 4 at the Artscape On the Side. Well-known jazz musicians such as George Werner, Duke Ngcukana and Sylvia Mdunyelwa will form part of the adjudicating panel.

The Artscape youth jazz programme was successfully launched in 2003 with a series of master classes which climaxed in a performance at the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival that year. Unfortunately, the stage fire in July 2004 resulted in the Festival being cancelled last year.

"The aim is to put together a new group with some ten young jazz musicians that will form a core youth jazz band for an ensemble finale at the festival," says Marlene le Roux, Artscape's Director of Audience Development and Education. "Artscape is committed to the development of local talent. The previous Artscape Youth Jazz Festival proved that there is a vast pool of local talent which need to be nurtured."

Youth jazz ensembles, bands or individual musicians are welcome to register for the auditions before May 30, 2005.

According to Project Manager, George Werner, the only criteria is that individuals or groups between the ages of 18 and 25 years must be able to play an instrument competently and arrange their own transport to Artscape. They must also be able to attend workshops, master classes and rehearsals once selected.

"We do not expect participants to be formally trained, as long as they can competently play an instrument, sing well and are able to work as part of a group. The emphasis is on South African jazz. The successful musicians will learn the finer touches at the weekend workshops and master classes in the run-up to the festival. This is definitely not a programme for pop or rock music," says George.

To register, contact Mike de Beer of Artscape on 021 410 9934, fax: 021 410 9845 or e-mail: mike@artscape.co.za Artscape will inform successful applicants by June 3 of their auditioning times. There are no costs involved.

The youth jazz auditions will start at 10h00 on June 4 and no late registrations after May 30 will be allowed.




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