Starting October 2020, a two year project for young people that supports composing, songwriting and ensemble playing skills, inspired by working with leading Jazz, Hip-Hop, Folk and World Musicians.
The first year of Passport to Music will work with a group of 10 young people (aged 11-16). The programme is specifically designed for young people who have an interest in music, but might not have the confidence to write and perform their own compositions.
A taster session for the project will be held on Thursday 29th October, 2-4pm at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire. DE11 9DG.
Following the taster, sessions will then be held fortnightly on
Thursdays, 4.30pm – 6.30pm at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum.
Hip-Hop: 5th & 19th November, 2nd & 10th December 2020.
Folk: 14th & 28th January, 11th & 25th February 2021.
World Music: 11th & 25th March, 22nd April and 6th May 2021.
Jazz: 20th May, 10th & 24th June, 7th July 2021.
People Express are excited to be partnering with Baby People and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on the project, and working with a number of music leaders, specialising in their genre.
Tafi Mushuku is a Zimbabwean born percussionist and educator who specialises in the Zimbabwe marimba. He has played the instrument for over 30 years. Tafi joined Amakhosi Theatre Productions in 1992 and started a marimba band which in 1995 took part in a cultural exchange programme with Valerenga Brass band visiting from Norway. He led the band on the visit to Norway on a 3 week tour of Oslo. Continuing his craft after moving to Europe, he performed and taught in Norway, Northern Ireland and England. Currently he leads numerous workshops and cultural talks in schools and with different organisations.
’I see myself as an educator and ambassador of the marimba instrument.I believe that joy from the sound of the marimba should be shared by everyone. Come see the colour of the African sound.’’ Tafi Mushuku
Issie Barratt is an internationally active composer, arranger, conductor, baritone player, record producer and educator. Ranked at number 38 in BBC Radio 4’s Women in Music Power List 2018 (comprising the top 40 most influential women in the music industry) Issie has performed at a majority of leading concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals in Britain, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, south east India, central America and the east coast of Canada.
In 2014, Issie was the winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Education and in 2017 was handed the Music Teachers Award for Excellence: Best New Initiative.
Baby People’s flagship music production and lyric writing workshops teach basic beginner to professional level skills. The lyric writing aspect of MCing and rapping offers a route into literacy for young people who may not engage in literacy as MCing and Hip Hop culture is something they feel ownership of. Lyric and song writing offer opportunities for young people to express themselves on their terms.
Our lyric writing workshops focus on using poetry and song lyrics as a way to creatively explore issues and topics related to the lives of the participants. Baby People’s tutors are experienced song writers, rappers and poets who have performed nationally and released their work to the public for over a decade.
Sarah Matthews has been playing the fiddle since she was 11 years old. In 1995 she acquired a PGCE at Derby University and, after some years of special needs and classroom teaching, focused more on violin/fiddle tuition when she became a full time professional musician in 2001. In 2007 she acquired a Masters of Music in Ethnomusicology at Sheffield University, where she focused her studies on the traditional music and song of Derbyshire, England. Sarah has performed regularly across the English Festival and Club scene for decades, and has toured in Ontario, Canada between 2006 and 2016, with many different line-ups playing for concert and ceilidh dance events, making numerous CD recordings along the way. She was invited to teach at the highly esteemed Folkworks in July 2018, and has run numerous fiddle workshops at festivals over the years. A long-standing tutor of the fiddle, she loves sharing musical ideas and engaging students with an infectious enthusiasm, sharing techniques and is passionate about harmony and playing chords.