Friday 3 April 2015

Calling all vocalists: 1st International Jazz Voice Conference

                                                      Photo credit: James Barry Knox

Sibelius Academy in Helsinki is to host the first International Jazz Voice Conference between 17-19 October this year. The theme of this year's conference is Artistry in Jazz Singing and the keynote speakers will include Carmen Lundy (pictured) and Michele Weir.

The International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki is the first event of its type, organized for jazz singers by jazz singers. The first edition of the IJVC comes from the acute need for international specialists in the field to connect and interact. IJVC aims to raise awareness of the importance and significance of jazz singing among vocalists, musicians and the general public. IJVC is also a platform for connecting professionals.

The conference organisers are now accepting submissions for papers to be featured at the event, with a deadline of April 15th. Their brief for submissions is quite wide, stating on their website that  

We welcome proposals on the following topics: vocal jazz improvisation, sound qualities and jazz voice technique, interpretation, traditional vocal jazz, history of vocal jazz, stylistic directions of vocal jazz, instrumentalists versus singers, vocal jazz pedagogy, vocal jazz research, and vocal jazz in different countries/cultures. Proposals on other topics related to jazz singing may also be considered, so please send your abstract and topic.

For full information, see IJVC website.

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