Workshops / Master classes

Christine Tassan et les ImposteurEs offer group workshops for musicians eager to learn gypsy jazz or improve their playing. These workshops can be given in the context of a festival, at a university, in a concert hall or conservatory – as a complementary activity to an evening show.
(Photo Jeffrey Mac Millan: Django musical summer camp where Christine has been teaching since 2013)

Workshops can take a number of forms:

Workshop attended by the four band members

A workshop designed particularly for guitarists, violinists and double bassists, our instruments. Nonetheless, anyone playing a melodic instrument (clarinet, accordion, and mandolin) will benefit from this teaching.

In turn, each band member will present their instrument characteristics and its playing as it relates to the gypsy jazz style. The topics we’ll cover are guitar rhythm, double bass accompaniment, guitar and violin solo playing. One or two standards will be taught to participants before they are played in a jam-session led by the four musicians.

It will be also an opportunity to learn more about the band’s history, each member’s musical background, the instruments played in gypsy jazz and their role in building up melody and beat…

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:

  • Lead guitar and rhythmic workshop:

Covered topics: learning of gypsy jazz rhythmic idiom (“la pompe manouche”, the pump…), overview of the chords that style uses, typical phrases, improvisation – everything is put into practice around some musical themes of the repertoire… all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere!

  • Violin/mandolin workshop
  • Bass/double bass workshop

Length: 60 to 120 min (flexible) – Participants: up to 15 students per workshop – Required: each student must bring his or her musical instrument, note taking material or a recording tool.

For more information, contact us.