A jazzy week

Students listened attentively to the jazzy notes.

This week, July 1 through 6 is a jazzy week for students at All Saints Primary, Irving Wilson, Workman’s Primary, Cuthbert Moore Primary, and Combermere School when the 1688 Orchestra performs at these schools on their 2013 Fah De Children Tour.

On Monday, the students of All Saints were given a musical treat they enjoyed as the members of the band serenaded them with sweet jazzy sounds when they played a set that included the Sesame Street Song, Carnival Play, a 1688 original, Lil’ Rick’s I like Muh Self, Rihanna’s Where have you been, When the saints go marching in and Red Plastic Bag’s Something’s Happening. .

The tours, which started in 2011, was a response to the lack of live instrumental music performances and music within the school system in Barbados.

The objectives of the tours are to:

*Demonstrate the performance of acoustic instruments

*Educate student audiences on the important elements of music, melody, harmony, rhythm, and how they work in songs

*Display creativity through musical improvisation and sensitise student audiences to the sounds of jazz via a large scale group.

Fah De Children is a project of the 1688 Orchestra and Collective, a big band that includes steel pan. Formed by Barbadian composer and arranger, Stefan Walcott, who is the band’s artistic director, one of the band’s mandates is to take instrumental performances into spaces where live music is not normally found. In keeping with this mandate, the 1688 Orchestra conducts free concert performances at the island’s schools through the Fah De Children Tour.

The Barbados Jazz Society is an organization of jazz lovers whose primary mandate is to support the development of the jazz art form in Barbados. The BJS sponsorship of the 2013 Fah De Children Tour further demonstrates the Society’s commitment to jazz education in Barbados, and follows the donation in March 2013 of a bass amplifier to the Barbados Community College’s Music Program. The BJS recently celebrated the UNESCO International Jazz Day with a very successful week of activities and a live jazz concert at Divi Southwinds Resort that was streamed to 189 countries.

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