Jazz Vocal
Performance Workshop
with Sopio Murusidze

08
APRIL
2024

h 10:00 – 12:00
Saint Louis
Via Baccina, 47

From April 8-12, 2024, Saint Louis will host four faculty members from the Jazz Department of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, a longtime Erasmus+ partner institution:

Sopio Murusidze (vocals), Zura Ramishvili (piano), Giorgi Samsonadze (double bass), Giorgi Meilikishvili (drums). Sopio Murusidze, professor of jazz singing, will offer the Jazz Vocal Performance Workshop to students in the Three-Year and Two-Year Programs.

Jazz Vocal Performance Workshop
With Sopio Murusidze, visiting professor
from Tbilisi State Conservatoire
Monday, April 8, h 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saint Louis via baccina, 47

Free workshop admission by reservation.

Training credits for academic courses: 1 CFA

What does it take to have a successful vocal performance?

The workshop will cover all the essential aspects:

  • Choice and preparation of repertoire.
  • Bandleading for vocalists
  • Vocal phrasing and storytelling
  • Presence on stage – interacting with the audience
  • The daily practice routine for vocalists

Workshop objective:

  • Strengthen the confidence of each interpreter.
  • Provide singers with new ideas and tools to work with while preparing for a performance or recital.
  • Improve bandleading, storytelling and stage presence skills.

The Jazz Vocal Performance Workshop aims to help singers improve their live performance skills. Students will be asked to sing a song from their repertoire (preferably a jazz standard). In a supportive environment, each performance will be examined together, seeking to make immediate improvements.
The workshop will therefore be interactive and open to questions and answers.

SOPIO MURUSIDZE

She is a jazz and contemporary singer, songwriter and lecturer from Tbilisi, the wonderful capital of Georgia.
She graduated from the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. She studied with such teachers as Richard Harper, Kate Baker, Marlon Saunders, Charlotte Small, Elisabeth Lohninger and Rachel Z. While at the New School Sopio sang in several ensembles led by legendary jazz musicians such as Reggie Workman and Buster Williams.

Sopio has performed with her quartet and jazz duo projects at various venues and music festivals in New York City, such as Make Music New York, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Society Café, etc.
In the fall of 2019, she joined the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, performing varied works from the great classics to pieces by important living composers.

Also in 2019, she was cast in the musical “12th Night” staged by Clocktower Players at the Irvington Theatre.
Sopio is currently an assistant professor at the Tbilisi State Conservatory of Music, where he teaches jazz singing He gives workshops and vocal performance classes at all European music institutions of higher education.
In 2023, she was selected to become a member of the working group of the pop and jazz platform of the AEC (European Association of Conservatives).
Alongside his academic activities, Sopio maintains an active performing career, collaborating with musicians both in Georgia and internationally.

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