1992, Berlin's Living School Workshop was based on an idea from
Franz de Byl (Flöz) first patronized by the Berlin Senate and later by the Charlottenburg -
Wilmersdorf School of Music. The two principal teachers are Mack
Goldsbury (saxophones) and Ernst Bier (drums). The workshop is directed
towards music students and experienced amateurs of all ages.
are the ability to play an instrument, basic understanding of music
theory, and experience in improvisation. The purpose of the workshop
is to play and analyze contemporary jazz compositions with in preparation
for a performance.
ranges from little-known mainstream compositions through free improvisation.
The workshop is conducted on a weekend. On both days the ensemble
rehearses from 12:00 until around 17:00. They work on a minimum
of five compositions which have been chosen by the teachers.
rehearsal the ensemble will be coached by the teachers on the most
important aspects of arrangement, rhythmic structure, improvisation,
and individual creative expression. The workshop ends on the evening
of the second day with a concert of the music that was worked on
during the two days. The concert is open to the public.
In the 23 years
of its successful existence (over 200 workshops), guest teachers
have occasionally been invited to bring in their own compositions
for the workshops to interpret. Among these are such well known
jazz figures as:
- ED SCHULLER
- BILL BICKFORD
- LINDSEY HORNER
- BILLY BANG
- PERRY ROBINSON
- MARTIN LILLICH
- HERB ROBERTSON
For the second half of
the year, the Living School is scheduled for the following
week-end at the A-Trane Jazzclub:
Register at : ernstbier(at)jazzdrumming.de