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  Nr. 149 - Spring (April/May/June) 2012
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Paronaxia Arts: 2nd International Jazz Summer Academy & Jazz Festival

The Paros Jazz Foundation & Festival and ACE (Arts Culture Europe) are presenting the 2nd edition of the International Jazz Academy & Festival to be held in the wonderful setting of the traditional village of Lefkes on Paros, from 5-12 July 2012.

The organisation of the event is a collaboration between Athena Perantinou of the Paros Jazz Foundation & Festival and Marc Buronfosse, musician and teacher at the Paris National Conservatory of Region and artistic director of the Paros Jazz Academy & Festival and ACE, a non profit organisation for the promotion of music and arts in Europe. The Academy consists of a team of experienced teachers and artists, all with international backgrounds, who will be sharing their knowledge and passion for music with students from around the world.

There will be five intensive days of Jazz lessons on the programme catering to the needs of musicians and singers with some experience in the genre who would like to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Jazz, as well as improve their technical aptitude and skills under the guidance of professional musicians and experienced teachers.

Daily lessons will include seminars on the use of musical instruments (electric and acoustic bass, saxophone, piano, electric and acoustic guitar, harp and drums), vocal lessons, group sessions and improvisation sessions.

The Academy provides a holistic approach to music, so every morning an hour is dedicated to open-air Qi Gong, a warm-up in the style of the Shaolin monks from South China, for strengthening the muscles, relaxating the ligaments and enhancing concentration.

This summer the Paros Jazz Academy, besides offering two new classes (guitar and harp) is also featuring a new Jazz initiation workshop for musicians who want to approach improvisation and learn how to practice and develop it in Jazz, focusing on the different aspects of this music: phrasing, rhythm, sound, harmony, melody and creativity.

All students have the opportunity also to practice in jam sessions organised in the evenings at the Albatross Hotel.

If you would like to take part in the Jazz Academy, all additional details and the application form are available at the Academy website.

For further information contact Athena Perantinou at email: athenaperantinou@ parosjazzacademy.com, or Marc Buronfrosse at email: contact@marcburonfosse.com

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