jazzukUCan Play is proud to be supported Jazz UK’s Dissolve JazzLab’s new programme of improvisation workshops in Coventry and Bournemouth. This exciting new programme aims to reach out to young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, particularly those who are disadvantaged, and bring enjoyment and well-being through the disciplines and freedoms jazz improvisation can provide.

Working with Coventry Performing Arts Service and SoundStorm in Bournemouth, Jazz UK staff will explore improvisation using a wide range of instruments and musical traditions, including folk, Asian and western ‘jazz’, in large and small ensemble formats.

The leaders for the project are drawn from the world of professional jazz and improvised music, bringing with them a wealth of practical musical and personal skills, led by senior practitioner Issie Barratt with more than 20 years’ experience of developing jazz in learning & participation contexts whilst developing a successful performing career, supported by Ambassador leaders at the beginning of their careers, including Laura Jurd and Tom Hewson.

The participants will showcase their new compositions at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on 28th November, as part of JazzUK’s new community-inspired #4Jazz Festivals, and in the spring at The Lighthouse, Poole, playing alongside professional musicians.

UCan Play will be providing an affordable online streaming solution based on the technologies that were successfully used in our project with NYMAZ last year. This includes Roland’s VR3-EX video and audio mixer/streamer which is at the heart of an innovation solution featuring CCTV cameras and Rode microphones.