26 April 2019
A 2-day Jazz masterclass kicked off on Thursday at American Centre in Yangon for the upcoming International Jazz Day Celebration concert.
April 30th is International Jazz Day which was first decided by the UN General Assembly in 2013. This year concert is the 6th edition in Myanmar as it has been celebrated since 2014.
The 2-day masterclass from the 25th to 26th of April brought together musicians from oversea to work with musicians here in Myanmar. It focused on Jazz skills, techniques and tips for the experienced Jazz musicians playing the main concert.
The main purpose of holding International Jazz Day concert is to spread the celebration, awareness and appreciation of Jazz as a musical form.
Public Affairs Officer, American Embassy, John R. Groch said “The workshop we are doing here is connected to International Jazz Day. … This is something we take a great interest in as the U.S. Embassy because Jazz is originally an American art form. It was born in the United States over a hundred years ago. It is a celebration of individual identity within a group so it’s very American. So, we are very happy to celebrate this but Jazz has become world art form. You can hear great Jazz all over the world not only from the United States.”
This year concert will feature internationally renowned Saxophone player alongside Myanmar’s accomplished Jazz musicians and students from International School of Yangon Jazz Band with the youngest 12 years old player.
Coordinator, International Jazz Day Celebration, Shon Campbell said “Jazz music is one of the more modern style sub-music. Jazz music was the first to establish in the early 20th century in the U.S. when there was a fusion of music styles from across different areas and people came together and they started playing Jazz music and created this new music. This is why Jazz music is important for bringing people together.”
The upcoming open-air Jazz concert is set to be held on April 27 at 7pm at French Institute. The concert is open to the general public and the entry fee is 2000 Kyats to support local musicians.