Christine Tassan et les ImposteurEs offer also small group workshops that can take place in many venues: conservatories, academies, universities or classrooms (primary, secondary). We play in a totally acoustic mode or with very little amplification. According to YOUR needs, the band can give two types of workshops:
A workshop aimed at a group of young people who can already play an instrument, mainly the guitar, the violin or the double bass (or electric bass). We’ll give them an introductory course to gypsy jazz and improvised music. For young guitarists, that usually means learning of the rhythm we call “the pump”, as well as some typical chords of the style around a basic theme. With young violinists (or any other melodic instrument such as flute, clarinet, saxophone), we will stick to learning a simple theme. Young bassists will learn the typical accompaniment of the bass for a simple piece. Afterwards, kids and band members will play a standard theme from the gypsy jazz repertoire. Usually, we lead them to try improvising a melody at will.
On request some weeks before the workshop, we can send some standards’ scores and mp3s to the teachers, so they can prepare their students to interpreting them with the band during the workshop. If our workshop takes place before a show, students may be invited to come and play some pieces on stage!
Specific instrument workshop
Each band member can also give workshops specific to their instrument and tailor them to students who already have a good knowledge/practice of that instrument:
- Guitar workshop
- Violin/Mandolin workshop
- Bass/Double Bass workshop
Length: 60 min (flexible) – Participants: up to 15 schoolchildren per workshop – Required: each student must bring his or her musical instrument.
A workshop we’ve designed for primary/secondary schoolchildren (whether they’re musicians or not). It is conceived to introduce youngsters to gypsy jazz and the world of Gypsies, and to Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli through enjoyable interactions between students and band members.
For this workshop, we’ve actually adapted our stage show to a small group of people (max 30): for the acoustic performance of our songs, we involve our young participants (singing, beat, recognition of melodies, games) while we tell them stories about the band.
On request, some weeks before the workshop, we can send some standards’ scores and mp3s to the teachers so they can prepare their students to interpret them with the band during the workshop. If our workshop takes place before a show, students may be invited to come and play a couple of tunes on the stage!
This approach can be of particular interest for French immersion classes: we can send song lyrics in French to teachers, and that might lead to a workshop given in French with the musicians.