Tomorrow’s Warriors announces two new free development opportunities for strings players aged 16-25:

  • a masterclass with Atom String Quartet
  • a season of five workshops lead by violinist Matt Holborn

These new development sessions are inspired by Nu Civilisation Orchestra performing as a 32-piece strings section alongside acclaimed saxophonist, and TW alum, Nubya Garcia, to explore Stan Getz’s Focus at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 September.  Both the masterclass with Atom String Quartet and the following workshops will explore the Third Stream, the meeting point between jazz and classical music.

Third Stream is an exploration of how the two musical languages can intertwine, bringing a new synthesis to jazz improvisors and a new compositional approach. With Getz improvising over Eddie Sauter’s heady string arrangements, Focus encapsulates Third Stream, and it is easy to understand why TW Co-Founder Gary Crosby OBE has held a long-term ambition to stage a live exploration of this seminal work.

ATOM STRING MASTERCLASS: Friday 8 September, 3.30pm-5.3pm, Premises Studio, Hackney, London E2

This is a rare opportunity to work with these outstanding exponents of the Third Stream, whose confidence and inventiveness with improvising is rarely seen! 

Atom String Quartet fearlessly explores new paths, constantly seeking their own distinct sound and innovative approaches that defy categorization. Their repertoire extends beyond jazz, drawing inspiration from Polish folk music, diverse global traditions, as well as contemporary and classical compositions. Formed in 2010, Atom String Quartet comprises four exceptional musicians: Michał Zaborski (viola), Mateusz Smoczyński (violin), Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello), and Dawid Lubowicz (violin). 

JAZZ FOR STRINGS WORKSHOPS: Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm, Southbank Centre, London

These workshops will run on 6 and 20 October, 3 November, 1 and 8 December. 

This Autumn we launch our FREE Jazz for Strings programme; a series of development sessions led by violinist Matt Holborn. We are looking for talented strings players (Grade 8 and above) from a classical background who are keen to enhance their repertoire by developing skills in jazz improvisation and technique.

The sessions will focus on playing the blues and finding the groove and swing in the rhythm. You will also explore different ways of looking at scales and harmony and gain confidence in improvising – so come prepared to experiment!

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