|Jazz Time at the RWCMD's new building in Cathays Park, Cardiff|
There's a definite buzz about the jazz course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, led by bassist Paula Gardiner, which has announced that it will be building on two existing initiatives:
- the Friday night AmserJazzTime sessions involving students (Amser is Welsh for time) held in the foyer of the brand new building in Cathays Park which opened in June 2011
- the Collisions programme involving professional ensembles.
The result will be a series of six tours taking in up to five venues in Wales starting in February 2013 - plus concerts back at RWCMD, and a three-day festival on the May 10-12 weekend.
- Press release: "The first AmserJazzTime Festival, which will run from 10-12 May 2013, will feature Norma Winstone, the Kit Downes Quintet, the James Taylor Quartet, Neil Yates Five Countries Trio, Stan Sulzmann's Neon and Mark Lockheart's Ellington in Anticipation, together with student performances in the RWCMD's Richard Burton Theatre and foyer throughout the weekend."
- Touring will involve performances in five venues: Galeri Caernarfon, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ucheldre in Holyhead, Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon and Gwyn Hall in Neath - and also back at RWCMD. It gets going in February with a programme called Beautiful Anarchy with Paula Gardiner's Trio and the Royal Welsh College Jazz Ensemble. Further tours are planned running through to Autumn 2014.
The programme has financial support from the Welsh Arts Council and the Colwinston Trust.