Spic Macay Jazz Workshop
10th December 2011

Over the past three days, a group of students and I were privileged enough to take part in the SpicMacay workshop held in school. This workshop was held with jazz musicians, Arild Andersen on the saxophone and Nils Olav on the guitar. Mr. Andersen won best soloist and best group titles at Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, aged 14, and recorded his 1st album at 15. After studying at Berklee College of Music he joined Gary Burton’s group, touring worldwide. Mr. Olav taught himself how to play the guitar in his mere teenage years, and after all that toiling, he now is a phenomenal guitarist and vocalist who has put his mark on Norwegian jazz music for several years.

The workshops were full of merriment, led on by the great musicians’ sense of humor. We learnt a handful, ranging from the systems of call and response in music to the foundations of jazz. We were enlightened with the correction of the popular saying ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ to ‘PROPER Practice Makes Perfect’. All students were welcomed to experiment with solos and improvisation. It was hard for all of us to control our mirth and excitement and overall, it was three days well spent for all of us ‘music lovers’.

-Kaamya Sharma and Ashraya Harish

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