Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Master Class , The Music Academy in Astana

April 22nd., we loaded up for an 11 am workshop at the Academy. There were many students, anxious and waiting and very knowledgeable. Our trio first played a couple of tunes and the voice teacher scatted with me. She was Great! Then the instrumentalists went to another room and I was left with a large group of fantastic singers. One of the great joys was getting to know Guldona, the Babushka (which is also a nickname for the Russian revolutionary Catherine Breshkovsky).
Guldona has made Jazz happen in the Conservatory. She frequents the U.S. bringing students and checking out her favorite jazz artists. I loved working with these singers and meeting Guldona.