Please join the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble (GYJE) for a holiday concert at Silence! Hear some smoking hot tunes and slick arrangements, and marvel at the improvisational skills of this talented youth ensemble. No ordinary holiday show, you won’t hear the same old Christmas standards that seem to follow you wherever you go. Instead, the repertoire will feed your soul, including swinging tunes by the likes of Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett, and Paulino DaCosta, among others.
Tap your feet, treat your ears, escape the holiday shopping crowds, and come explore the language of jazz with us. Everyone is welcome!
When: Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 pm to 8:30pm
Where: Silence Guelph (46 Essex St., Guelph)
Tickets: $10 (or pay what you can), available at the door
ABOUT THE GYJE:
Guelph saxophonist and educator Brent Rowan leads the GYJE: a perennial font of fun and talent-development for young musicians in the community.
The GYJE believes music making is one of the keys to the development of youth. It is a community-based, non-profit group that has no affiliation with an institution, but works hard to maintain a strong working relationship with many of the local music programs in the Guelph area. Under the direction of Brent Rowan, young musicians are provided the opportunity to learn about and explore the world of jazz and improvised music, and are allowed the opportunity to create music in a relaxed and safe environment. The ability to improvise, which is key to jazz music, helps develop the ability to adapt to a variety of situations that students will come across as they live their life’s journey.
Youth participate in an ensemble that is comfortable for their ability, either a small group or a larger big band type of ensemble. Members are given ample opportunities to expand their ability to read music, improvise, and understand the jazz language. The ensembles perform in a variety of performances in the community, including the Guelph Jazz Festival and Guelph Hillside Festival. They also travel to Music Festivals across the country and work with world class musicians in workshops, concerts and clinic environments.