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European educators gather at Trinity Laban

Fri 3 February 2017

This February, Trinity Laban will welcome more than 100 leading educators from across Europe to debate the future of pop and jazz teaching.

The Association of European Conservatoires’ (AEC) Pop and Jazz Platform 2017 will take place at Trinity Laban on 17-18 February, involving Q&A sessions, discussion groups and a 15 minute musical performance from the Brexchange Jazz Orchestra. Speakers will include Stefan Heckel, Trinity Laban’s Director of Music Claire Mera-Nelson and AEC President Eirik Birkeland.

The Brexchange Jazz Orchestra is a collaboration between a group of young musicians from music colleges across Europe. Trinity Laban musicians will perform alongside students from the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Sweden. Over the course of a week, the students will work together in small groups and as a large ensemble, sharing creative approaches to making new music as a part of CoLab – Trinity Laban’s groundbreaking two-week grand festival of collaboration innovation. This particular collaboration will culminate in a 15-minute performance at the end of the AEC event. The project will be mentored by musicians Stefan Heckel (Austria), Jaak Sooäär (Estonia), Lionel Loueke (USA), and Trinity Laban’s Simon Purcell and Joe Townsend.

Simon Purcell commented:

“Trinity Laban has always been active in contributing to a Europe-wide discussion regarding the teaching and learning of jazz, in particular regarding the development of student-centred curricula, engaging audiences and social context. I am honoured that we’re hosting this conference, and showing that after Brexit, we’re more determined and passionate than ever to work closely with our friends and colleagues across the continent.”

For more information visit the Association of European Conservatoire’s website.