with Sachal Vasandani, August 15, 9PM ET
- 15 US dollars$15
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SInterplay: how singers can communicate effectively with a band and inspire confident, collaborative performance Too often singers and instrumentalists are uncomfortable with each other when paired together. Even many well-intentioned singers cannot effectively lead a band, causing confusion and even friction on the bandstand. In this workshop, we’ll seek to get singers comfortable when working with a rhythm section, covering both specific topics like count-offs and how best to communicate arrangements, and broader topics like empathy and listening. Some points we’ll review are: Trusting yourself and you band - at every level Building confidence - we are all in this together. Listening more than you’re singing. You don’t have to know it all The right tempos and keys to try out a new song Countoffs and intros Rubato basics Responsibility to the rhythm Talking down your arrangements efficiently Sing the feel How to lead the band with your singing alone Through this workshop, we hope to make singers more confident when working with their instrumentalist peers, leading to more mutual respect and amazing opportunities for collaboration and meaningful music making. Sachal Vasandani is recognized for his singular voice, with a tone and unique phrasing that mark him as one of today’s most compelling artists. Thoroughly rooted in jazz, Sachal has the swagger to front swinging big bands and the vulnerability to present definitive takes of classic ballads. His deeply creative approach to improvisation across lyrics, changes and time signatures is always soulful, and he has come to be regarded as one of the eminent improvisers of his generation. Sachal has performed to enthusiastic audiences at all major festivals, theaters, and clubs across the world. He performs with artists of all styles, and has sung alongside musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Milton Nascimento, Bill Charlap, Natalia LaFourcade and Michael Feinstein. He is also an in-demand lyricist and composer and has collaborated with artists across genres; his singing and writing was featured on Gerald Clayton’s Grammy-nominated album, Life Forum (2013). A preeminent educator, Sachal bridges a strong technical foundation and disciplined, immersive jazz study with a fundamentally open spirit. Through his workshops, classes, and lessons at multiple institutions around the globe, he has honed a style of teaching that is as encouraging as it is thorough.
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