Last week, the Headmaster mentioned in his opening words, that I often say that I have the best gig going. It’s very true and, in fact, most days I don’t see it as a ‘job’ at all; I see it as an adventure that I get to share with a lot of like-minded and creative people. Having said that, I am proud to introduce the most recent jazz quartet to the King’s-Edgehill School music programme, jEBB. This group is co-founded by senior students Che Lim (Bryan) Li (piano), Benjamin Lohr (bass), and Grade 11 student, Ella Brown (trumpet): they’re the EBB of jEBB. They wanted someone to keep a simple beat behind their Miles Davis rendition of Bye Bye Blackbird; thus, they asked me to stand in: I’m the j in jEBB. For the record, the letters didn’t go together well enough to make up a better band name. I was adamant that I should not have lead billing in the band name but so be it, that’s how the letters fell into place; therefore, I insisted that the j has to be small case. Of course, I was delighted to do what I could to support these three terrific musicians. Be it known, that Bryan’sjazz piano style is harmonically rich and mature, with solos that will catch the attention of every jazz aficionado. Ben’s bass lines are rhythmically solid with just a touch of push in all the right places. And few can play the transcribed trumpet solo of Miles Davis like Ella. I just tagged on for the ride (I’m not a ‘real drummer’, you know) and hoped for the best not to screw up. Bryan set up the tune with a sultry piano prelude and then kicked the group in with a contagious swing intro. We enjoyed playing for the audience but, the truth is, we just enjoy playing. I trust you will witness that as you watch this week’s music clip.
Artwork: Collage - Super Heroes
I was influenced by the artist, Sandra Chevrier. I had discovered her in Grade 8 when I was doing a project on collages. I wanted to put collages on a face and was also interested in Super heroes. I found all of the images online and then printed them and decided what I wanted to say with the images. With this project, I glued them on paper. I am now working on a similar art piece where I am using canvas and a larger format.
Future Plans: I plan to attend University and study Engineering.
Our KES Stage Band performed the 1983 hit song Flashdance What A Feeling at our last coffee house. This group meets and rehearses on Monday and Friday mornings and has developed a diverse collection of tunes ranging in selections from James Brown, Jerome Kern, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Irving Berlin to name a few. Although some band members were absent due to other School commitments, the students in this performance include Grade 10 students, Victoria Dubois and Ileana Wheeler (vocals), Grade 11 students, Ella Brown (trumpet), Morgan Bryant(guitar), Max Cole (lead guitar), and Eva Redmond (cornet). Special recognition is extended to seniors Joanna Bond (vocals), Nick Cheverie (drums), Kyra Jarvis (alto sax), Miguel Villar Moreno(guitar), Che Him (Bryan) Li (piano), Ben Lohr (bass), and Piranavan Somasekaram (clarinet). You might want to put on your dancing shoes when you listen to this clip!
Senior student and "Lifer" of 7 years at KES, Joanna Bond, from Hubbards, Nova Scotia, is no stranger to our Music programme, most especially on stage with our musical theatre productions. Joanna is also a vocalist in the School Jazz Band and Drum Sergeant Major of our Cadet Band. I first directed Joanna even before she was a King's-Edgehill student; she was in Grade 5 and acting in a collaborative production of Jane Eyre between King's-Edgehill School and local theatre company, Quick As A Wink. Since then, I have seen Joanna in every School musical and a bevy of community shows as well. Musical theatre is JoJo's passion. I doubt that there is a musical with which she is not familiar. Like my other Grade 11 and 12 music students, Joanna recently was adjudicated by my associate music teachers here on campus. The comments they made will be useful to her as she prepares for her graduation recital this spring. Joanna performed Think of Mefrom The Phantom of the Opera. This song is regarded by many to be challenging, especially by the final operatic cadenza of scales and intervals that include a high Bb. Accompanying Joanna, is another Grade 12 student and accomplished pianist, Elizabeth Walsh from Labrador. I hope you enjoy the performance!
I'll let him explain his love of music and the lyrics to his song:
An agamograph is a painting, drawing, sculpture or photograph that, when viewed from different angles, reveals a different image. Agamographs are named after Yakkov Agam, an Israel artist known for his sculptures that move, change or transform.
Our Grade 10 photography project was based on this concept. Students were asked to choose two different photos and then the images were cut into strips and reconstructed on a fan shape. I included the handout in the photos for you to get a sense of how these projects were made.
The projects are now on display in front of our Fountain Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy.
Junior School Art: Grades 8, 9 and 10
IB Visual Arts: Grade 11 and 12
IB Examiner, IB Workshop Leader Cat. 1,2 and 3
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