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Exclusive Mike Stern and Anthony Jackson Masterclass Friday July 13th, 1pm – 3pm, ICMP, London

United States
July 9th 2007 - The London based Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce an exclusive masterclass on July 13th with two of the most highly acclaimed and respected musicians in the world. Introducing Mike Stern and Anthony Jackson, who are both legendary names in contemporary music and between them have worked with some of the greatest names in the business, including Roberta Flack, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Miles Davis.

Mike and Anthony will be joined by the Institute’s Justin Scott for a workshop of playing and performance that will be truly inspirational and not to be missed!

Anthony Jackson

Anthony Jackson very rarely visits the UK, and virtually never presents clinics, so the Institute is very proud that he chose here to join Mike Stern on stage at an exclusive Masterclass.

Anthony Jackson is truly a master of the instrument and widely regarded as the bassist’s bassist. Initially trained on the piano, he switched to the bass after hearing Motown’s James Jamerson. This fascination with the bass even extended to Jackson’s research into the physics of the instrument, which led him to create the six-string bass, decades before they became widespread.

His CV reads like a who’s who of contemporary music, having recorded with artists as diverse as the Paul Simon, Buddy Rich, Chick Corea, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Chaka Khan, Lee Ritenour and Al Di Meola to name only a few!

Mike Stern

Mike Stern is simply a master of jazz and fusion guitar who has visited the Institute on many occasions, so it is especially exciting to welcome him back for an exclusive clinic with bass legend Anthony Jackson.

Mike first emerged as a guitar force to be reckoned with when he was 22 and he joined ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’. This was followed with a stint as Miles Davis’ guitarist of choice before he set out on his stellar solo career.

Spanning fifteen years and four Grammy nominations, Mike has carved out a unique reputation as a fluid, firely, lyrical and visionary musician. For many years Mike has also been one of Yamaha’s leading guitar endorsees and uses his own signature model, designed in association with Yamaha.

His extensive solo recording and touring projects have involved Mike collaborating with some of the greatest jazz musicians on the planet, including Jaco Pastorius, Richard Boner, Anthony Jackson, Dave Weckl, Denis Chambers, Steve Jordan, David Sanborn, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette to name only a few!

This masterclass is free of charge and you can book your place now by contacting the Institute through 020 7328 0222 or their website.

The masterclass is open to members of the public however places are limited and priority will be given to students of the Institute

About The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The Institute (www.icmp.uk.com)is widely recognised as Europe’s finest school of modern music. Established over 20 years ago, the Institute has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. The school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities. It now offers professional courses and training for students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Past or present Institute students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Katie Melua and Moby, playing with bands like Babyshambles and artists like K. T. Tunstall and Beverley Knight, and also working as teachers all over the world. The Institute is located in London, UK.

About Yamaha:

The roots of the Yamaha Corporation (yamaha.com) can be traced back to the organ when, in 1887, a local school needing repairs for their reed organ contacted Torakusu Yamaha, the third son of a Samurai. Yamaha, who had originally trained as a watchmaker, was so fascinated by the workings of the instrument that he decided to build one himself.

Through constant innovation and technological leadership, Yamaha has grown to be the world’s largest and most successful maker of quality musical instruments. Yamaha’s global network extends across 20 countries and it now has manufacturing facilities in 15 countries.

Music education is at the heart of the Yamaha philosophy and the company actively supports schools and students throughout the UK.

Unlike any other company, Yamaha has successfully expanded into the manufacture of many types of instruments. Yamaha pianos, brass and woodwind instruments are played by many of the worlds top concert artists, and indeed a critical element of the Yamaha design strategy is to constantly invite artists to get involved in the design process.

Yamaha-Kemble Music (UK) (www.yamaha-europe.com)Ltd is part of the Yamaha Corporation worldwide group of companies and is responsible for Yamaha musical instruments and pro audio equipment in the UK and Northern Ireland.
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