Preserving and Sharing West African Music, Jazz and Dance in New Orleans
The Preservation Hall Foundation is proud to partner with AfricaNOLA in integrating its Africa Brass Master Class Series into our established educational classes on traditional New Orleans jazz. Students in our program, aged 10 to 17, learn traditional jazz styles and forms in free, weekly Saturday classes. The Africa Brass workshops will teach students the traditional West African roots of this music, and students will also learn a new musical style that integrates West African music, New Orleans brass, and jazz. While the Africa Brass workshops will take place once a month, Preservation Hall instructors have committed to working with students on the new repertoire and techniques on a weekly basis.
AfricaNOLA has proposed an exciting curriculum in which students learn the West African melodies and rhythms that serve as the basis for much of New Orleans music. For example, they will learn Macru, which forms the rhythmic basis of the New Orleans standard, “Lil’ Liza Jane.”
Students will also learn about West African culture, which is the basis of our culture here in New Orleans, and they will also learn to play West African drums.
Brass bands and traditional jazz have a long and rich history in New Orleans, and students who grow up here should be exposed to the West African roots of this tradition. Many students at Preservation Hall plan to pursue careers as professional musicians, and we believe that participation in the Africa Brass master classes will be crucial in developing students’ unique modes of creative expression, which is absolutely vital for success in the competitive entertainment industry.
Classes begin on Saturday, Sept.15th, 2012 at 10AM at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter. Classes will be held once per month, in addition to our already establish weekly traditional brass band classes. Our schedule for classes is as follows:
PresHall Foundation and AfricaNOLA Master Class Series:
Saturday, September 15th – 10am to 12pm at Preservation Hall
Saturday, October 13th – 10am to 12pm at Preservation Hall
Saturday, November 10th – 10am to 12pm at Preservation Hall
Saturday, December 8th – 10am to 12pm at Preservation Hall
Saturday, January 12th – 10am to 12pm at Preservation Hall
Saturday, February 16th – 10am to 12pm at Preservation Hall
Saturday, March 9th – 10am to 12pm at Preservation Hall
Saturday, March 30th – 10am to 4pm, Performance TBD at Palmer Park for Africa Day
For more information about Preservation Hall, please visit:
Ashley Shabankareh, Outreach Coordinator
504-522-2841 ext. 13
For more information about Africa Brass, please visit:
Jeff Klein, Artistic Director