During the two years of the master's degree programme students are required to take four ensembles: five credits per ensemble amounting to a total of twenty credits. The ensembles will be given ample opportunity to perform at the conservatory, at venues and festivals.
Each semester students select, in accordance with their principal subject coordinator and the ensembles coordinator, one specific ensemble. Some students will be required to participate in projects with the Concert Big Band in December and April, and, if possible, the North Sea Jazz Festival in July, dependent on their principal subjects. Participating in all projects together could equal one ensemble module (five credits). Additionally, students participating in a special project will earn one credit per project.
For registration, please send an e-mail to David de Marez Oyens before June 22nd, 2021.
Overview of Jazz Ensembles 2021-2022
The master ensemble programme gives you the possibility to advance your playing as well as your arranging and composing skills in a wide variety of musical environments. According to your music profile and ambitions, we encourage you to choose an ensemble from the following categories:
Jazz and Improvisation Groups
During a semester you will play, review and analyse the music of a jazz giant or the works of a great classical composer. You will be required to use what you have learned in your own compositions/arrangements and improvisations.
|Tristano Clinic Ensemble||Jasper Blom|
|Monk Group||Jasper Blom|
|Joe Henderson Group||Yaniv Nachum|
|Ornette Coleman Group||Yaniv Nachum|
|'Match Fixing': Classical Repertoire Group||Joris Roelofs|
|The Art of the Trio||Frans van der Hoeven|
These groups focus on writing and arranging your own music and provide hands on feedback while you are working on your own writings in an ensemble setting.
|Jazz Group||Rob van Bavel|
|Ensemble 'A Tune a Week'||Yuri Honing|
|Composition Group||Yaniv Nachum|
|The Contemporary Large Ensemble||Yaniv Nachum|
Music From Other Cultures
Learn from music from other traditions and cultures, exploring its specific rhythmic, harmonic and form characteristics. After reviewing and analyzing you will be required to use what you have learned in your own compositions/arrangements and playing.
|Latin Jazz Group||Abel Marcel|
|Advanced Rhythm-Improvisation||Jos Zwaanenburg, Rafel Reina, David de Marez Oyens, Jonas Bisquert, Kristina Fuchs|
|Brazilian Fusion Group||Hans Vroomans|
Learn how to incorporate different musical styles and vocabularies into your own personal musical statement. Thus you will create a personal rendition of a tune, whether already existing or newly composed, using the qualities of your fellow band members.
|Pat Metheny Acoustic Group||Yuri Honing|
|José James Band||José James|
|Funk/Rock/R&B Group||David de Marez Oyens and Sylvia Langelaan|
In the 'Artist groups', teachers will guide students through their original material, sharing their vision on music parameters such as interplay, improvisation, composition and arrangement techniques. The teachers will regularly play with the students during the ensemble lessons.
|'Amsterdam Real Book' Group||Michael Moore|
|Out of the Box||Harmen Fraanje|
|'Parameter Approach'||Reinier Baas|
|Improvisation/Interplay Concepts||Tineke Postma|
The jazz department offers two big bands for students to work on their big band routine. The weekly rehearsals, separate section rehearsals, special projects, guest teachers and concerts make playing in one of the big bands a valuable experience.
Please note: auditions for rhythm section players will be held in the third week of June.
For those who want to sign up with their own band. As bandleader you will choose a coach, decide the repertoire and or study objective, and organize, prepare and lead the weekly rehearsals. An opportunity to develop your own artistic project with a personal coach.
|Student Ensemble||teacher of the student's choice|