Graz Big Band Workshop

The Graz Big Band Workshop at Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz aims to promote young talent and is part of the Lifelong Learning Program of the university. The first edition of the workshop was held in fall 2016; since then, we invite musicians to the Jazz Institute each year to participate in the program. The workshop offers a platform to participants of all ages and levels to develop and expand their musical skills in jazz, and especially in the big band genre. Particular focus is placed on the language of jazz, phrasing, improvisation, playing together in a big band, stylistics, and the correction of instrument-specific problems. The workshop sessions are held by members of the Graz Composers Orchestra as well as staff members of the Jazz Institute. Together with the participants, they work on a full-length big band program, which is presented in a big band concert at Orpheum Graz or MUMUTH at the end of the week.