The Jazz Musician Intensive 2019: Life as an independent musician

The Jazz Musician Intensive
Mon Jun 24 10:30am
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Free and open to the public

Co-lead by vocalist extraordinaire Amanda Martinez and guitarist/producer Kevin Barrett, this clinic asks: how do you pursue your dreams and get through all your to do's as an independent musician? From doing the laundry to recording your next album, Kevin and Amanda share some organizational tips to help tame the chaos!

Jazz Musician Intensive clinics are free and open to the public. The 2019 Jazz Musician Intensive is generously supported by Long & McQuade Music Instruments, the Ken Page Memorial Trust and Victoria University.

Developing the next generation of musicians goes beyond providing performance opportunities: in order to have the best chance at future success, musicians must understand what it means, in broad terms, to be a member of the music industry – beyond mastering their instrument. An understanding of the business of music – building a brand, marketing strategy, networking, manufacturing and licensing – are vital to a musician’s long-term viability, especially given today’s rapidly changing digital and online landscapes.

The Jazz Musician Intensive seeks to support developing musicians through two streams of activity: in one, a series of daily clinics, free and open to the public, covers a variety of topics related to the wider music industry; in the other, 8 post-secondary students, selected from the four major GTA post-secondary jazz programs, rehearse daily under the guidance of a local jazz veteran, ultimately culminating in a performance on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage.

Complete information on the Jazz Musician Intensive is available here.

Canadian singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez was born to a South African mother and a Mexican father; her music blends the spirit of these cultures with a swirl of Latin soul. Her upcoming album, Libre, (2019) means “free,” and celebrates her eclectic roots and inspiration. The collection features guest artists and includes African, Latino, and pop influences, expressing her desire that her music remain free, unconfined to genre.

Amanda has been recognized with nominations as Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (National Jazz Awards) and won Best World Music artist (Toronto Independent Music Awards). She’s traveled the world with her music headlining the Blue Note jazz club, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games in Mexico and Canada. Amanda has also had guest roles on radio, film and television including Suits, NBC’s Designated Survivor and CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.

Ms. Martinez is a musical ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages Canada and was awarded Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Minister of National Revenue. Her passion is empowering Artist Entrepreneurs through her workshop series The Artist Office.

Amanda is a member of the Music Canada Advisory Board and lives in Toronto with her bassist husband and 3 children. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario and an International Masters in Business from York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Kevin Barrett is a guitarist, producer, musical director and composer based in Toronto, Canada, and has been a freelance guitarist in Toronto for more than 30 years. He performs as a band leader, side musician and musical director at jazz festivals, clubs and concert venues across the country and internationally, while maintaining a continuous presence on the Toronto scene. Kevin is known as a passionate soloist, a first-rate accompanist, and a versatile and creative side musician. As well as leading his own Group, Kevin has worked with some of the finest performers on the Canadian music scene – Patricia Cano, Gillian Margot, Molly Johnson, Lillian Allen, Kellylee Evans, Julie Michels, Big Rude Jake, DK Ibomeka, the Liquidaires, Arlene Mantle and the Stratford Festival. Kevin has been Musical Director for Ron Davis’ SymphRonica, Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto and Arts4All Creative Society. His recording credits include guitar work for Daniela Nardi, Ron Davis, Trent-Severn, Adi Braun, Paisley Jura, Kira Callaghan, DK Ibomeka, and Jay Boehmer. Through kevinbarrettgroup Productions he has produced recordings with Julie Michels, Jacob Langer, Melissa Boyce, Lisa Lindo and Faustwork Mask Theatre. Kevin maintains a busy teaching practice through and his own studio.

Mark Micklethwaite is a musician, educator, historian, and administrator. He is currently Administrative Coordinator for trumpeter Dave Douglas and Greenleaf Music. His work experience in the music field also includes key positions at the Banff Centre, JAZZ.FM91, and Manhattan School of Music. As an educator, Mark has developed innovative community and educational programing and facilitated relationships with schools and community groups to present many engaging events. He has developed outreach programs, music appreciation courses, and educational videoconferences for students throughout North America. As a freelance drummer for over twenty years, Mark has performed at clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Egypt. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music at York University and his Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

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