Allow your creativity to shine in our Summer School Jazz Improvisation Program led by two of Melbourne’s best known jazz identities, Steve and Mal Sedergreen. Spend a week with these undisputed masters of jazz improvisation and learn how to interpret harmonies and compositional structure, discover a variety of new improvisational techniques and gain an understanding of the process behind creating improvised solos.
To ensure everyone gets the most out of this program, places are strictly limited and due to high demand, we recommend you apply as early as possible. All instruments welcome!
|STANDARD||*AMEB Grade 5+ for wind, brass and string players; rhythm section AMEB CPM Step 2+ or equivalent|
|AGE||15 years +|
*NOTE: AMEB levels indicated are not a formal requirement, but provided as a guide to the skills required. Some knowledge of jazz style and inflection is an advantage, however this will be explored during the week.
Jazz Improvisation Co-director
A talented and charismatic jazz pianist, improviser and educator, Steve Sedergreen has made a vital and indelible imprint on the Melbourne jazz scene for over 30 years. He possesses an exceptional improvisational sensibility that is true to the spirit of jazz.
Steve has performed with both Australian and internationally renowned artists as well as leading his own bands. His album, Points in Time, released in 2012, is a 12-song collection of original material, written at various points in his stellar career, all re-worked and re-imagined.
Steve has played at most local (Victorian) festivals the last few years; from Stonnington Jazz 2015 and 2018, Eltham Festival 2015, Castlemaine State Festival 2015, White Night 2016 and this year’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Steve’s performances traverse complex emotional lines: from the brash, joyous and thrilling to the deeply poetic and still, his music senses and shifts intuitively with the other musicians with whom he shares the stage.
In addition to his success as a performer and recording artist, Steve has acted as a mentor and teacher to countless young jazz musicians who have gone on to enjoy great success including members of The Cat Empire, Paris Wells, Axle Whitehead and many more. His first book – Start Playing Jazz Piano Now! – was released in 2011.
Jazz Improvisation Co-director
Mal is an accomplished jazz saxophonist with international and Australian performances at major festivals and venues.
With extensive experience specialising in jazz, blues and improvisation, Mal is a highly regarded music educator with proven results in achieving high standards of performance from ensemble and stage bands at school curriculum and competition level including Generations in Jazz (Mt Gambier), Royal South Street and Victorian Schools Music Festival.
Mal has taught at Ringwood Secondary College and has a continued involvement at the Howqua campus of Lauriston Girls’ School. He currently teaches instrumental music at Balwyn High School and is the Director of the Stage Band Program.