Jazz Vocal Masterclass / Workshop Day
"Vocal Colours in Jazz Singing"
Saturday 14th October
11AM until 4PM - with lunch break
Venue - Prestfelde Theatre, Shrewsbury
(very limited spaces so book early to guarantee your spot)
Session 1. 11AM - 1PM
Francesca will start the morning session revealing some of her most useful warm up techniques as she guides you through a group warm up. Following the warm up the main topic for the morning session will be on her approach to exploring the different sound qualities used in jazz singing, taking inspiration from great artists and applying concepts to everyone's individual instruments.
The students will start to investigate the concept of awareness of one's instrument, and to start looking at vocal technique associating it to different sound worlds that can be safely created to convey a variety of emotional contents and atmospheres when singing jazz music.
Session 2. 1PM - 4PM
Every participant will have prepared a jazz standard from a short list sent out in advance.
In this practical session, attendees will get feedback and guidance on vocal technique. You'll receive pro tips and advice on improving as a jazz singer, from both a technical and a performative perspective.
The aim of this part of the workshop is to apply the concepts of awareness and vocal colours to the selected pieces, in order for the songs to be performed in a more personalised and intimate way.
Some of what you'll cover...
Vocal Warm Up Techniques
"Vocal Colours" Exploration
Jazz Phrasing: swinging with the voice
Vocal Technique: start thinking about your own voice as an instrument
Song mapping: how to prepare a song with a strategy
First steps towards improvisation
Getting Performance Ready - Tips & Advice
Italian Jazz singer Francesca Confortini divides her time teaching vocals at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London with performing at some of Europe's most amazing stages. From the 100 Club, Wembley Stadium and Ronnie Scott's in London, to the Blue Note in Milan and the Grand Hotel de Paris in Monaco.
Recent collaborations include international artists such as Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Francesco Mendolia (Incognito), Giuliano Dottori (Amor Fou), Leif Searcy (Emma Marrone, Malika Ayane)...
As well as teaching a Jazz Vocals Masterclass / workshop day on October 14th as part of the retreat, she's also performing with Shrewsbury Django Fest headline act alongside Mozes Rosenberg, Paulus Schäfer, Chris Quinn, Christiaan Van Hemert and Mike Green.