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Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter May 2019 / part 3


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Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2019 presents:

Contemporary Piano Composers

Jazz for Various Levels

Tim Richards

As a child Tim Richards received classical piano lessons with the inspirational EPTA founder Carola Grindea. Later on, he taught himself jazz and blues, inspired by his father’s collection of 78 records by Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong. He has been a presence on the jazz scene since the early 1980s, touring throughout Europe and the UK with his bands ‘Spirit Level’, ‘Great Spirit’ and the ‘Tim Richards Trio’, and recording over a dozen albums featuring line-ups from duo to nine-piece.

His 1997 Schott publication ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ has been widely acclaimed as setting a new standard in music education. The sequels ‘Exploring Jazz Piano’ and ‘Exploring Latin Piano’ have established him as one of the UK’s foremost jazz educators. Tim also works for ABRSM as a jazz examiner, contributing pieces to their jazz piano syllabus and teaching short courses for classical piano teachers. He currently teaches jazz piano privately, and at Morley College and The City Lit in London.

Blues, Boogie and Gospel Collection – 15 pieces for solo piano

From the best-selling author of Improvising Blues Piano, Exploring Jazz Piano and Exploring Latin Piano comes a collection of repertoires for solo piano. The collection is ideal for pianists looking to explore these styles in more depth. Chord symbols are provided for each tune to aid improvisation and the book comes with a recording of all the pieces, played by Tim. Each piece is accompanied by notes on interpretation, technique, theory and performance. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players. With CD – Schott Edition ED 13895 “A really informative and great fun book showing students how to explore these ever-popular styles.” EPTA Piano Journal “An instant classic… deeply felt, expertly realised and above all authentic pieces. Proves itself not simply as the best “jazz piano” publication of the year, but probably the best of the decade so far.” Pianodao

Jazz, Latin and Modern Collection – 15 pieces for solo piano

Spanning an eclectic range of styles including bebop, modal, swing, blues, funk, calypso, samba and bossa, several pieces also blur the boundary between jazz and classical music. The collection is aimed at pianists looking to expand their musical horizons. 13 original pieces, plus arrangements of two standards by iconic jazz composers Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players. “The pieces throughout this collection are uniformly excellent, brilliantly encapsulating their various styles. This is outstanding material, and another reminder that if there is such a thing as a ‘gift of teaching’, Tim has it in spades. Everything about the book positively screams quality! Tim has once again delivered an ace.” Pianodao

With downloadable audio files – Schott Edition ED 13970

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Lindsey Berwin

Lindsey Berwin is a British piano composer and teacher. She studied at The Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a degree in music and a piano teaching diploma. After obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and teaching classroom music for two years, she decided to refocus her attention on piano teaching. Since then she has amassed some thirty-five years of experience, with a thriving teaching practice both at home in Leeds and at the schools of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation. Lindsey has become well-known for her innovative and enjoyable approaches to improving key skills, as well as her passion for composition. She and her pupils regularly win prizes in the annual European Piano Teachers Composers’ Competition. Lindsey is the composer of FunKey! a series of books designed to improve piano students’ sight-reading skills using jazz-based material, and Jazz Keys, its counterpart for the flute. She also published All the Fun of the Fun Fair, which is a contemporary classical piano suite suitable for Intermediate to Advanced level. Her most recent published works include Jazzagility! as well as Vignettes for highly advanced pianists.


The book is a brand-new and unique series, designed to develop piano students’ technique using fun material. The pieces are in a variety of jazz-based styles, notably Latin, swing and rock, and, in the first three levels, are enhanced by teacher duets. The series consists of two volumes: Book 1 (levels 1-3), and Book 2 (levels 4 and 5). The first begins with short easy pieces which focus on wrist relaxation, hand position and tone production. The material then systematically introduces such elements as use of forearm weight, independence of fingers, lateral thumb movement, support of the fourth and fifth fingers and direct pedalling. Book 2 builds upon the foundations formed in the previous levels, and students now move around the keys, encountering octave leaps, arpeggio preparation and crossing hands. In addition, they will acquire other important technical skills such as balancing melody and accompaniment, voicing chords and legato pedalling.

You can buy these books online at: Spartanpress Amazon


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