We work on the following points : song interpretation, phrasing, rhythm and improvisation on a sequence of chords. Students also learn to accompany: bass and cello with two beat or walking bass; cello, viola and violin with two-voice chords.
Because the workshop is aimed solely at string players, specific jazz techniques for the bow and fingering can be studied in depth (accents, ligatures, ghost notes, swing phrasing, Latin and bossa nova patterns.)
We listen to original recordings not only by string players for each piece we work with. I choose songs from different jazz periods. Important is also listening to and playing transcribed improvisations.
The orchestra plays the classical Big Band arrangements of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, among others. Big Bands became popular in the 1920's in the USA and helped to create the style of the Swing era. Rehearsing written arrangements allows the learner to appreciate the phrasing and musical language which he can then apply when improvising. (Note : Jazz improvisations workshops)
The orchestra rehearsals are weekly in Buenos Aires, on Fridays from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.