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Women of Jazz

In celebration of International Woman’s day, we would like to share some amazing female musicians.

Vi Redd on the Saxophone.

Mary Lou Williams on the Piano.

Terry Lyne Carrington on the Drums.

Renee Rosnes on the Piano.

Mary Osborne on the Guitar.

 

The Alexander Technique has helped thousands of musicians and singers perform with less stress allowing them to perform with ease and fluidity. This approach to movement greatly reduces this risk of pain and injury. The physical demands on musicians due to complex movements of muscular tension result in pain, stiffness and injuries. 76% of all musicians have medical problems that effect their ability to play, due to misuse in the body and RSI (repetitive strain injury). By helping musicians improve the quality of the physical actions involved in playing an instrument or singing, the Alexander Technique also helps improve the quality of the music itself. A violinist’s stiff shoulders and arms will get in the way of a pleasing sound; a singer’s tight neck or jaw will cause the voice to become less resonant.Once the musician can get out of their own way by freeing undue muscular tension their performance is a more organic and fluid experience.

The Alexander Technique is a re-education of the body that investigates a new concept of moving by recognizing one’s habit of movement and redirecting those energies into a a more holistic approach using one’s own mechanism (the body) as a whole as opposed to parts resulting in an ease of movement.

Over the years, a number of prominent musicians have publicly endorsed the Alexander Technique: Yehudi Menuhin, Paul McCartney, Sting, Julian Bream, James Galway and the conductor Sir Adrian Boult, to name but a few.

The Technique is taught at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York, The Royal College of Music in London, The Boston Conservatory of Music, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and at many other schools of music, universities and colleges.

We are partnering with an experienced and qualified practitioner of The Alexander Technique. Meet Milsy Davis, and learn how you can improve your posture through these groundbreaking techniques.

João Silva has arranged, and performed both the violin and keyboard for this beautiful and haunting new musical piece called The Glass Man as part of his Still Life work. He collaborated with Margherita Abita on Vocals/Lyrics, Claudio Marrero on Saxophone, Eva Monroy, Violeta Veinte on violin, Francisco Palazón on Viola and Anna Llorens on Cello. The music video was Recorded and Mixed by Still Life music. With Mastering by Pau Andreu and Camera by Mar Gabarre.

One of our teachers, who has been with Shine since our first days in Barcelona, won an incredible prize at the end of last year!

The Final of the Miquel Llobet Barcelona International Guitar Competition is an international competition of classical guitar showcasing a high level of young musicians of all nationalities up to 35 years.

Gian Carlo was awarded the special F. Mompou prize.

“After a full week !!” Very happy to have reached the final of the Llobet Contest and received the 3rd prize and the special F. Mompou prize, happy to have shared with Ignacio Barra Macaya and Jonathan Parkin, Congratulations to both!!!! Thanks to the Llobet Contest, to the teacher Eulogio Davalos and to Jordi Pizarro Valero for everything! “-Gian Carlo

 

congratulations Gian Carlo from Shine Music School

 

Music is an inspiring and important medium. It brings people together, can hearten, provoke, motivate and influence, and what better time for music in our lives than during the festive season! At Shine Music School in Barcelona we offer gift certificates for courses, as well as instrument rental packages, and a range of guitars in our shop. Stop by and give the gift of music this Christmas!

Not in Barcelona? Don’t worry, we also offer classes over Skype, and our rental packages can be for as short as a day or two, which is a fun way to add something special to a weekend trip to Barcelona!

And now to get you into the Christmas spirit here is Oscar Peterson!