Kenny Werner is one of the foremost educators in contemporary improvised music. He has taught his own brand of intermediate and advanced theory at New York University, has served as artistic director for the Banff Center Jazz Programme, and as the artist-in-residence at the Berklee School of Music. He is currently artist-in-residence at New York University.
The author, of the critically acclaimed 'Effortless Mastery - Liberating the Master Musician Within,' his book has become a must-read for students of music and musicians in the 20 years since it was first published.
Bray Jazz will host a free-to-attend workshop and presentation with Kenny at Mermaid Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon, prior to his concert at the venue.
Kenny Werner covers a broad range of bases - looking broadly at what we go through as musicians to learn and play music. He explores the obstructions to creativity in music and what processes we need to consider in mastery of music which is accessible to every musician.
"You are not alone in facing the issues surrounding your education in music and your ability to play well," he says.
“Effortless Mastery” has worldwide acceptance and has literally changed the way musicians and would be musicians think about their music and their life.
Kenny Werner will directly address mans need to be creative, and demonstrate techniques to break down barriers such as fear and
self-doubt, releasing the creative force in all of us.
The aim of Werner’s message is to liberate that master musician that resides in each of us, even if we are only listeners. Players often have to re-learn to listen first, he says. "As players, we all too often have been programmed to work so hard at our music that all the joy that attracted us in the first place becomes replaced by a kind of drudgery."
Werner gives plenty of reasons why that happens, exposing many of the pitfalls of our culture along the way, as he tells his own story and the challenges he faced.
Werner delves into a variety of ancient traditions where he finds that the earliest known divine messages were given in song, as were the Psalms of David, the Song of Solomon, the Gathas of Zoroaster and the Gita of Krishna. Werner often quotes from the great Sufi master musician and teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan. We are shown how the original purpose of music was worship, divine intelligence, and basic communication. We see how poetry was born of music and that ancient spiritual texts were expressed in poetry such as the Vedas, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Bible.
Not just for musicians, he says that the same techniques apply to anyone seeking a way to add free-flowing creative thought to their career and personal life.
“Surrender is the key, and the first thing to surrender is one of your most prized possessions: YOUR OBSESSIVE NEED TO SOUND GOOD!” - Kenny Werner.
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