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Thursday, September 17, 2009

The NAC 2009-10 Manhattan on the Rideau jazz masterclass series begins with pianist Jason Moran on Sept. 22

Ottawa, Canada – The National Arts Centre’s 2008-2009 “Manhattan on the Rideau” series of four jazz masterclasses begins on Tuesday, September 22 with legendary jazz pianist Jason Moran at the NAC’s Fourth Stage from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Manhattan on the Rideau links leading jazz faculty members of Manhattan School of Music (MSM) with accomplished music students at the National Arts Centre. The sessions use the very latest in broadband videoconference technology to connect teachers and students in real time with high fidelity audio and video. The series is produced by NAC New Media as part of the Hexagon Project in association with MSM.

Manhattan on the Rideau continues with vibraphonist Stefon Harris on November 10; vocalist/ composer Theo Bleckmann on February 9; and vocalist/composer Peter Eldridge on April 6. All four free masterclasses are from 12 noon to 14:00 and take place in the NAC’s Fourth Stage.

A masterclass is a one-on-one lesson in which a master musician teaches a selected student or ensemble under the watchful eyes of fellow students and members of the public. The audience can learn from the master along with the talented student in the spotlight. Each masterclass involves 2 to 3 students in succession followed by questions-and-answers. Jason Moran will teach students from Toronto’s Humber College, the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and the Music Faculty at the University of Toronto.

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Jason Moran was born in 1975 in Houston, Texas, and began studying piano at age 6. His aspirations and talents eventually led him to New York City where he continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music to study with pianist Jaki Byard, a jazz leftist who became Moran’s teacher for four years and a role model for life. Since 1997, Moran has been a fixture in Greg Osby’s touring and recording bands. Moran made his professional recording debut on Osby’s 1997 Blue Note CD, Further Ado, which brought him to the attention of Blue Note executives who signed the pianist to his own record deal shortly thereafter.

Moran has performed as a sideman with such artists as Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Lee Konitz, Von Freeman, Ravi Coltrane, and Stefon Harris. Rolling Stone proclaimed Moran “the most provocative thinker in current jazz,” and he topped the Down Beat Critics Poll in three categories in 2003 and 2004. He has been lecturer/instructor at Banff Center for The Arts, Denmark’s’ Vallekilde Jazz Camp, Skidmore and Manhattan School of Music.

The NAC’s Hexagon project supports education outreach activities by leveraging next-generation networks like Canada’s CA*net4 (www.canarie.ca) and Internet2 (www.internet2.org) in the United States as well as regional high speed networks throughout the world. The NAC’s broadband infrastructure includes state-of-the-art optical network access in all its performance spaces as well as on-site videoconference and audio-video production facilities. Hexagon projects include tele-mentoring sessions with master teachers in music, theatre and dance..


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