October 26, 2020
I'm excited to be running an online workshop "Improvisation Games"on Nov 1, 2020, geared towards teachers looking for new exercises for their students, beginner/intermediate jazz students – and of course, classically trained musicians wanted to branch out into jazz and improv!
And really, anyone can attend – no experience needed!
It is a joint effort with bassist Jodi Proznick and myself – through our online music education site www.MusicArtsCollective.com
If you're interested, see the post below for more info:
Join award-winning jazz artists/educators Jodi Proznick (M.Ed) & Amanda Tosoff (MA in Music Theory) for upcoming workshop, “Improvisation Games.” In this online workshop, Jodi & Amanda will share their favourite fun and engaging improvisation exercises (aka “Games!”) – which explore important concepts for developing improvisation skills such as ear training, applied harmony, modes, rhythm, blues riffs and phrasing.
Our games include:
“Painting by Numbers”
“Rhythm & Riffs”
The workshop is lecture style, but you are encouraged to bring your instrument and/or your voice to try the activities in real time from the comfort of your own space.
Date: Nov 1, 2020 @ 12:30 PST (3:30 EST)
Sign up: https://www.musicartscollective.com/improvisationgamesworkshop
Cant make it?
We will be recording the video so you can get access the workshop for 60 days and you will receive a beautiful PDF copy of all of the games.
September 02, 2020
We're in final stages of making "Earth Voices," to be released in January 2021. I am so proud of this recording and can't wait to share it with the world.
It's a follow up to my Juno-Nominated "Words"
project and also features poems set to music, including Walt Whitman, Rumi, Edgar Allan poe, as well as my arrangements of songs by Joni Mitchell, Yo Yo Ma, and Luciana Souza.
I love the 17 amazing artists who played & sung their hearts out:
- Emilie-Claire Barlow (voice)
- Robin Dann (voice)
- Michelle Willis (voice)
- Alex Samaras (voice)
- Laila Biali (voice)
- Lydia Persaud (voice)
- Felicity Williams (voice)
- Allison Au (alto sax)
- Kelly Jefferson (soprano sax)
- Alex Goodman (guitar)
- Amanda Tosoff (piano)
- Jon Maharaj (bass)
- Morgan Childs (drums)
- Aline Homzy (violin)
- Jeremy Potts (violin)
- Laurence Schaufele (viola)
- Beth Silver (cello)
...phew... what a gang!
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August 18, 2020
I've launched an online education and arts "hub" with the award winning bassist/composer Jodi Proznick (who is also my old friend going back to even my high-school days!). Arts manager Francesca Fung, formerly of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Festival Vancouver, is keeping everything together as we develop online courses, workshops, YouTube videos and a podcast, as well as some exciting musical collaborations.
Check out more about us at www.musicartscollective.ca
Stay tuned for some pretty fantastic content coming your way!
July 28, 2020
"Monday Musings" is my weekly playlist of my favourite beautiful and thought-provoking songs that cross stylistic boundaries: jazz, singer-songwriter, poetry, Canadian, and everything in between. This week features my favourite jazz artists from the West Coast of Canada, many whom were mentors and huge influences on me as a young BC musician. Check these beautiful musicians out!
June 01, 2020
Join me Friday night, June 26, 2020 for some solo piano arrangements of my favourite Duke, Cole Porter, Doris Day (!), and perhaps a few originals too.
In lieu of cover or tips, I'd so appreciate a donation to:
Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Thanks to TD Niagara Jazz Festival for having me. ❤️
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LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series #29 with Amanda Tosoff