Small ensembles made up of three to seven students, combos are at the heart of the UdeM Faculty of Music’s jazz performance study programs.
Each group benefits from the guidance of a member of the teaching staff, made up of educator-performers active on the jazz scene. At rehearsals, students have the opportunity to work on a varied jazz repertoire, from modern music to world music, while developing their musical personality and their ability to improvise. Added to that are recording sessions in the faculty’s multitrack studio, with conditions comparable to those in the professional community.
Special importance is accorded to musicality, to technique, to listening and to precision, but also to communication among the members of each combo.
Headed by seasoned teachers, the Faculty of Music jazz combos have built a solid reputation in the music world. Over the years a number of them have won first place at MusicFest Canada and at the JazzFest des jeunes du Québec.
In addition, Faculty of Music combos have the opportunity to perform regularly in the city’s jazz clubs.
Three key components
The focus is on three closely linked components:
- Workshop training
Under the direction of a well-known teacher, students receive the advice and tools needed to prepare for recording sessions in a multitrack studio and for performing in concert.
- Studio recording
In the Faculty of Music’s multitrack studio ‒ which offers professional recording conditions ‒ students gain knowledge based on communication, complicity, musicality (melody, harmony and rhythm), and the repertoire and features of various musical styles related to jazz.
They also develop self-assessment habits to develop their technique, their improvisation skills and their musical vocabulary, as well as to become more comfortable in the studio and with recording technology.
In the studio, combos fall under the responsibility of Dany Roy, who ensures proper technical functioning and assesses performances during recording sessions.
- Concert performances
Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to perform on stage in recognized establishments like Dièse Onze and at music events like the JazzFest des jeunes du Québec, the Festival international de jazz de Montréal and MusicFest Canada.
Teachers Jazz combos