Warm Ups

Location: Verwaltungsscheune | Bürgersaal

Warm Ups - Approaching Jazz&Pop playfully

While many singers as well as conductors may perceive warm-ups as a chore to get over with, Juan M.V. Garcia sees an opportunity to improve the choir! The warm up can be a musical seed that will in due time flower into a gorgeous pop/jazz choir. The exercises can be game-like, or just simply sound cool! In this workshop, Juan M.V.Garcia will introduce games and exercises he has collected over the years - from friends, colleagues, students and himself. All exercises will lead towards the same goal: establishing and developing pop/jazz specific core skills in your choir!

Teacher: Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia

Having been self taught in the past, these days Juan M V Garcia has a degree in jazz voice and music education, having also won all relevant international awards with the pop/jazz vocal quartet “Klangbezirk”. Aside from studying voice and music education, he studied arranging with Prof Ralf Schrabbe, further making his way into the world of written music.
Garcia arrnages for Echo-winning ensembles such as amarcord or Calmus.

Building on his experiences from teaching “Conducting jazz/pop/groove” to future music teachers at the HMT Leipzig, he came up with the ideas of writing “head arrangements” as well as “warm up arrangements”.
Garcia continues to explore the musical world in many diverse roles, a small subset include: vocal coach for the National Jazz Orchestra, music director at various theatres, coach, presenter, author, singer, instrumentalist and producer. For now, this wild ride across disciplines seems to have culminated in a professorship for conducting choirs and ensembles at the HfM “Franz Liszt” in Weimar.
Juan Garcia lives and works in Halle/Saale as a teacher, singer, songwriter, coach, arranger, producer and father.

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