Mosaic Jazz Fellows (formerly Bright Young Things) jazz mentorship programme is back! The programme began in 2010 to find and nurture the next generation of young Singapore jazz talents. Currently in its eighth year, the the programme has given 66 young musicians the opportunity to be mentored by established Singapore jazz musicians and music educators such as Joshua Wan, Dr. Tony Makarome, Andrew Lim and Chok Kerong. A maximum of ten young musicians will be selected to work with assigned instructor-mentors over a 10-week period, culminating in performances at Jazz in July, Esplanade's month-long celebration of jazz music.
- Passionate about jazz?
- 25 and below?
- Proficient in a musical instrument and able to sight-read?
- Want to be mentored by established Singapore jazz musicians and music educators?
- Opportunities to perform at Esplanade?
Submission deadline: 8 Mar 2017, 5pm
Auditions: 11 Mar 2017, 12–6pm at Esplanade Annexe Studio
About Jazz in July
Jazz in July takes you on an exploration of that reaches deep into the roots of jazz, to discover new horizons. Throughout the month of July at the Café 21 Living Room at the Esplanade Concourse and Music Station at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore and regional jazz artists perform an array of swinging rhythms, soulful improvisations, and infectious grooves.
Highlights include the ever popular sounds of Big Band music, a Latin jazz night, birth centenary tributes to jazz giants Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk, and more.
All Mosaic Jazz Fellows are:
- Aged 25 years old and below.
- Proficient in playing and performing on at least one musical instrument (e.g. piano, drums, bass, brass, woodwinds, percussion, etc) of their choice.
- Able to sight-read reasonably well.
- Passionate about the music of the masters: Louis Armstrong, Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Wes Montgomery etc.
- Responsible and fully committed to the programme. S/he will attend all rehearsals, performances and any other festival events as needed.
The programme will entail:
- Attending a minimum of 10 rehearsal sessions (sectional and ensemble playing) from late March to mid June 2017. Practice sessions will likely fall on one weekday night.
- Core instructor-mentors are Joshua Wan, Andrew Lim, Chok Kerong and Dr Tony Makarome.
- Performing in Jazz in July at the Café 21 Living Room on two dates in July. Living Room shows are held at the Esplanade Concourse, a free public space located between Theatre and Concert Hall.
- Attending one jazz-related Mosaic Music Series concert.
The above are fully subsidised by the Esplanade so selected Mosaic Jazz Fellows will attend all the lessons, rehearsals, workshops and concert for free. In return, the programme asks for complete commitment and dedication from each participant to ensure a meaningful experience. Attendance will be taken at each session and failure to reach at least 80% attendance rate can result in expulsion from the programme.
The audition process:
The auditions will be held at Esplanade Annexe Studio on 11 Mar 2017, 12–6pm. A piano, drum-set, bass and guitar amps, and a vocal microphone will be provided for those who need them. Otherwise, please bring your own musical instrument to the audition.
Candidates auditioning are required to prepare for the following:
1. One of the following jazz standards, performed unaccompanied. This is required of all candidates. Drummers are expected to interpret the melody on the drumset. Vocalists may use scat syllables or vocalese lyrics.
- Billie's Bounce
- Au Privave
- Donna Lee
- Groovin' High
- Scrapple from the Apple
- Moose the Mooche
- The Best is Yet to Come
- If You Could See Me Now
- Sophisticated Lady
- Lush Life
- Nobody Else But Me
- Everything Happens to Me
- I Love You
- Lover Man
2. Assessment on sight-reading and improvisational skills.
3. A jazz standard of his/her choice of no more than 5 minutes to perform. Candidates may choose to be accompanied by a live rhythm section.
4. Candidates must include an improvised solo for the standard of his/her choice only.
How do we select?
- The selection panel will comprise of the instructor mentors, as well as members of the Esplanade programming team.
- All candidates will be assessed on performance proficiency, sight-reading skills, and enthusiasm for the programme, as demonstrated at the audition.
- Any and all decisions made by the selection panel are final.
When will I know if I'm selected for the programme?
All applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected by 22 March 2017.
How to apply for the audition:
Please fill out the application form online. The deadline for application submission is 8 Mar 2017, 5pm.
Who can I contact for more information?
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