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JM Norway seeks young talented jazz musicians to participate as international guests at a jazz improvisation course organized this summer in Norway! The jazz camp will take place from July 26th to August 2nd 2015 at the idyllic Agder Folkehøgskole in Søgne, in the south of Norway. The course features ensemble playing and instrumental classes, composing/arranging classes, concerts, jam sessions, lectures and grand final performance at the end of the course.

We are looking for musicians  between 18 and 30 years old, with a intermediate – high musical/vocal level, an intermediate level of sheet reading knowledge and a good ear for rhythm and melody. Please, note that the course will be held in English and intermediate knowledge of English is a required to follow the course. Participants should be prepared to cover their own travel expenses to and from Norway. Onsite lodging, food and transportation costs will be covered by JM Norway. The application form must be filled in and returned to JM Norway by May 5th 2015. If you want to receive more information and registration form, please, contact us by e-mail olga@jmn.no.

This opportunity is open exclusively to international musicians within the Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) network. To find your local section of JMI visit: www.jmi.net. If there is no JMI member in your country, please, contact mail@jmi.net for more information.

For Norwegian musicians go directly to Sommerkursene.no .

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The summer holidays for the Music Crossroads Academy Mozambique have now officially started. To celebrate the passing year, we hosted a jam session followed by a lunch for all the students.

The concert was supposed to start at 2 o’clock, but of course, this didn’t happen. Right before the jam was going to begin, there was a power cut in the city and nobody knew when it would come back. The only thing to do was to sit down and wait.

Waiting for the electricity to return.

Waiting for the electricity to return.

To make the best out of the situation, we decided to have the lunch while we waited. Liv and I had made skolebrød, which became a hit with the other students. We were also able to try different Mozambican foods and it all tasted wonderful.

The choir started the show singing Yesterday by The Beatles.

The choir started the show singing Yesterday by The Beatles.

At around 5-6, the electricity came back and the jam could finally start. Even if we ended up having a much shorter time to perform than what was planned, it all turned out great and we had a good time.

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The girls band of the academy, currently named Crossroads Divas.

The girls band of the academy, currently named Crossroads Divas.

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Liv and I played Månemannen together with Roy and Teles.

Liv and I played Månemannen together with Roy and Teles.

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About one hundred musicians, young organizers and attendants gathered in Kristiansand during the first days of August and made this year’s Imagine Festival a great success. The musicians who participated were aged 13-22. The selected bands were as follows:

Resirkulert from Norway
Daniel Eliasson from Sweden
Les 100 Faussess Notes from France
The Cro Trio from Croatia
Wilder from Romania
Pleasure Project from Slovenia
Triopated from Belgium
Movers band from Malawi
WERE from Zimbabwe

The bands operated within genres like jazz, fushion, pop rock, metalcore, afrotribe, a huge range of genres.

The proud winners of this year’s festival, Zimbabwean WERE, won a tour through several of the European Jeunesses Musicales countries, as well as 10 000 euros worth of recording time.

Jeunesses Musicales Norway was in charge of the planning and the economics. We arranged this in close cooperation with Imagine Norway (UKM Norge), UKM Vest-Agder and Jeunesses Musicales International. In addition to concerts there were held workshops and courses for both participants and organizers. This involved studio time for the musicians and recording of demo material. There were also held a drum clinic with world champion in electric drums Baard Kolstad, DIY (Do it Yourself) courses with the band Lucky Malice, PR course with Espen Mentzoni and a concert photography workshop with photographer Kenneth Sporsheim.

Visit our Flickr page to see photos from the Imagine Festival 2013.

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World Youth Choir now  invites new and old singers from around the world to Croatia for rehearsals before they go on tour in Croatia and other Southeast European countries in July 2014. Repertoire this time consists of a ethno inspired piece from Southeast Europe leaded by a Croatian conductor and a more classical choral piece with a conductor from Europe or another part of the world. The details of this will be confirmed at the end of 2013. To read more about the auditions visit World Youth Choir’s informative page right here.

World Youth Choir is owned and operated by Jeunesses Musicales International and Europa Cantat. Auditions have now started and singers from all around the world can start registering and get their audition process going. The audiotions will be going on till December 31th 2013.

Interested singers should contact JMI Norway for necessary information about the auditions.

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Join the Jazz!

 

The JM Jazz World Orchestra is going to Norway this year between 27 July and 4 August! Get ready for one week of good jazzy fun together with top young international jazz musicians and performances at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival

Read more and apply at jmJazzWorld.com

Join the JAZZ!

Join the JAZZ!

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