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Adjunct Professor of Vocal Jazz JANET LAWSON returned to Latvia July 15–24, 2010, to sing and teach at the IX INTERNATIONAL LATVIAN YOUNG MUSICIANS’ MASTER CLASSES in Sigulda.
Held every two years, previously in Ogre, the music camp offers young musicians, ages 17 to 22, the opportunity to study with world-renowned musicians and educators in the areas of classical vocal and instrumental music, Latvian classics and jazz. Lawson has been traveling to Latvia to teach at the camps since 1994. Her visits have also included performances at local jazz clubs. In 1999 Lawson presented at Latvia's Riga College of Pedagogy and Education an interactive jazz education program for children. Originally conceived with renowned composer Carman Moore, Jazz Journey traces the journey of West Africans taken from their homeland as it teaches the history and musical components of jazz. In 2002 Jazz Journey was adopted by music teachers throughout Latvia, who brought the program to their respective music schools and colleges, including the Latvian Academy of Music.
“The first year of our Music Camp in Sigulda is one big improvisation. Nobody knew for sure how it would look, feel or express itself. The beauty of this countryside, being with and hearing the great musicians of the faculty again, and feeling the excitement of the students as they jump into the waters of creativity and their limitless potential are all gifts I will treasure forever!” - Janet Lawson
Janet Lawson performs with music camp faculty Ilona Kudina (flute), Raimonds Petrauskis (piano),Oskars Petrauskis (sax) and Rihards Zalupe (percussion) in Sigulda, Latvia, July 2010
Lawson with former students of the International Latvian Young Musicians' Master Classes, Anita Miezeand Ruta Kanteruka with her son Krisjanis, in front of banner in the center of Riga, Latvia, July 2010 (Photo of Lawson and Billy Hart from the 2008 Saulkrasti Jazz Festival and Camp)
Billy Hart and Janet Lawson offered a drum and voice performance honoring the tradition of free improviser Jeanne Lee and drummer Han Bennink and the music of John Coltrane.
Saulkrasti Jazz Festival and Camp of August ’08 in Latvia brought together an array of Internationally known artists, among them: drummer Billy Hart, vocal improviser Janet Lawson and drummer Steve Smith from the U.S.; reed player Charlie Miklin from Austria; bassist Hans Kaenzig from Switzerland; drummer Gulli Briem from Iceland; pianist Ferial Karamat Ali from the Amsterdam; singers Inga Berzina from Latvia, Annette Giesriegl from Austria and Norbert Gottschalk from Germany; and many others.
SAULKRAISTI JAZZ FESTIVAL, LATVIA
Performing Artists at the final concert of the Saulkrasti Jazz Festival, July, 2006 in Saulkrasti, Latvia.
Janet Lawson, (fourth from right)
Janet with her students, performing at Saulkrasti Jazz Festival