Renowned Jazz Recording Artist, Nicolas Bearde, will help vocalists develop repertoire and performance technique with a focus on Jazz, Pop and Blues music styles. Learn to understand, interpret and perform these popular music genres with soul and creativity. Focus is also given to presentation, stage presence and understanding the professional working environment. Participants are asked to bring two songs, with charts, for study – one ballad and one up-tempo number in their chosen genre for performance and evaluation.
Cecily - Los Angeles - You have an incisive and focused ear and immediately found something to gently suggest for each of us to try. I appreciate your vision.
Cathy - Los Angeles - You are filled with so many wonderful qualities that come forth.... Wonderful voice, great presence of spirit, kind and observant.
Richard - Los Angeles - You were so focused and positive with each participant and your feedback was so helpful to everyone. Thanks to this experience I was motivated to go back into the studio and begin recording vocals on my long overdue CD. I appreciated your workshop and the jumpstart!
Spontaneous creativity with vocalist, Nicolas Bearde. This San Francisco-based jazz vocalist is a charter member of Bobby McFerrin’s renowned A cappella vocal ensemble, “Voicestra”. Learn how to create intricate harmonies for multiple voices. Break out of the “box” of traditional harmonic forms and singing styles and let your spirit lead you. Sing over improvised harmonies and jazz changes. In addition to harmony, we will utilize vocal and body percussion to help develop rhythmic foundations and sound palates for the improvisations that we will develop. There will be opportunities for almost all to solo and create depending on size of group size.
Denah - San Francisco - Thank you for taking on our palliative care group! We do very stressful work with patients at end of life, and your Circle Singing workshop at our annual retreat allowed us to 'get out of our heads', and have fun while doing community building, as well.
The 'Soulful side of Jazz"
Jazz recording artist, Nicolas Bearde, will help singers develop their repertoire to include songs from pop, soul and blues genres. Learn to interpret the great popular music of the day from Lou Rawls to Luther Vandross, with a soulful style. In addition, students will focus on presentation and stage presence to prepare for working professionally.
"From being a voice student to actually performing"
Nicolas Bearde's workshop teaches how to take the next step from being a perpetual voice student to performing in a night club setting. Singing effectively, Improvisation, interpreting lyrics, developing repertoire, assembling your book, how to find gigs, stage craft and leading a band.