Dave Liebman and Larry Goldings join Jazz Department

-Posted on 20.07.2015

The Royal Academy of Music is delighted to announce two important new Jazz appointments for the forthcoming academic year, 2015/16.

Dave Liebman will be the Academy’s International Jazz Artist in Residence for 2015/16. Liebman, described by Downbeat Magazine as ‘among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music’, will spend a full week in residence at the Academy in January 2016. Activities will include a public masterclass at the Forge in Camden, and the week will conclude with a concert in the Academy’s Duke’s Hall featuring the best of his big band music. Previous International Jazz Artists in Residence at the Academy have been Dave Douglas and Dave Holland, who recorded a video about his visit earlier in 2015.

David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music, with a career stretching over forty years. He has played with many of the masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and McCoy Tyner; he has authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; he has recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz; and he has been recognised with numerous international awards. The founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz, he has performed on over 500 recordings, with over nearly 200 as a leader/co-leader, featuring several hundred original compositions.

Larry Goldings will be the Academy’s new Visiting Professor for Jazz for 2015/16. As recording artist on piano and keyboards, and equally recognised as a composer and songwriter, Larry Goldings has been sought after by an impressive range of musicians. Larry has recorded 18 albums as a leader, hundreds more as a sideman, and has collaborated on a long-term basis with Maceo Parker, Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, and John Scofield. Goldings has been recording and touring with iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor since 2001. Goldings will work with Academy students on a range of projects.

Nick Smart, the Academy’s Head of Jazz, winner of the 2013 Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education, said:
‘We are thrilled to announce these two exciting appointments under our visiting artists schemes. We greatly look forward to our International Jazz Artist in Residence week in January, when Dave Liebman will take up his post. Dave is one of the great masters of this music and an inspirational educator. We also very much look forward to working over the coming year with our new Visiting Professor for Jazz, Larry Goldings. Both staff and students alike value these special opportunities enormously. It is input from great masters, alongside the world-class faculty on the regular core and visiting teaching staff, that makes the Academy Jazz Department such a special place to study and to develop your own voice.’

 

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