Jazz Vocal Scene Workshop

What is it about?

Jazz is a kind of language with its own grammar, which makes it possible for one to create – spontaneously - an infinite variety of musical expressions in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The aim of this workshop is for its participants - instrumentalists as well as singers who are interested in making music in a spontaneous manner – to appreciate this as fully as possible, through contact with the charisma of outstanding professional musicians, whose work involves 'speaking' this particular language. These activities are intended to deepen knowledge about the elements of music, which will be discussed with respect to their degree of difficulty.

Our goal is to provide knowledge of the basics of both jazz style (improvisation, form, technique), as well as music-making in a group and exploring the art of free expression through the use of simple measures, such as control of rhythm and melody, all based on the individual's characteristics.

There is a registartion fee required to the amount of 100PLN (around 25 EUR).


Anna Gadt


An active jazz singer, teacher at the Music Academy in Katowice. So far she has recorded two CDs and been awarded at many vocal competitions. She also cooperates with Jazz City Choir, the only jazz vocal formation in Poland. In her music she seeks forms of expression through word, sound and most of all through silence.


Edi Sanchez


Colombian bassist, guitarist and percussionist. Graduated from the Jazz Institute at the Katowice Academy of Music. He comes from the musical culture, main component of which is rhythm improvised according to specific structures. Since Europe is not the kingdom of rhythm, classes with Edi Sanchez give insight into how to play with it and use it for the music-making.


Grzegorz Karnas


Jazz singer, music producer, band leader, teacher associated with the Katowice Academy of Music. Along with his bands he played hundreds of club and festivals’ gigs across Europe. Linguistic studies of French, English and Arabic made him competent in the fields of both English grammar and phonetics as well as the issues of communication problems usually faced while using a foreign language.


Jihye Lee


A Korean jazz singer, teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, The winner of the 3 rd edition of Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Competition 2007. Her own compositions are influenced by traditional jazz, funk, traditional Korean music, free improvising and modern art. She is an active performer and takes part in various musical projects.


Susana Raya


A Spanish singer and guitar player, a graduate from the Amsterdam Conservatory. She was awarded with several international singing prizes in Europe (inter alia with the 2nd prize at the Voicingers competition in 2010). Susana is an active performer with tours around Europe and Middle East. "Improviser full of fantasy and a sensitive interpreter" (Tribune de Genéve).



Foreign language repertoire

The performance and interpretation of songs in foreign languages is a complex phenomenon. The level of this complexity is dependent on elements such as:
- a performer's ability to understand the text on the translation level
- an objective assessment of its content in terms of how it relates to a performer's general view of the world
- a performer's ability to express the text accurately on the phonetic level
consolidation of a text, mastered in terms of its content and pronunciation, within its musical context

Foreign language teaching in Polish schools rarely goes into the area of the principles of phonetics. This workshop will include classes showing how to easily develop one's own system of working on foreign language diction with the aid of a good dictionary, as well as audio and video materials.

Teacher: Grzegorz Karnas


Rhythm is one of the fundamental elements of music, comprising the root, trunk and branches of its tree. Understanding rhythm, the principles of its calculation and division into meters and values is a basic skill that helps not only in development of the ability to find oneself in a musical space, but above all to develop musically in general. The aim of these classes is to raise awareness of the importance of rhythm, and to provide basic knowledge that will facilitate further independent work, and development towards complete control of rhythm with a greater level of awareness.

Teacher: Edi Sanchez

Sound projection

One of the basic challenges that amateur instrumentalists and singers are faced with is developing effective sound projection (in the case of singers) and articulation (in the case of instrumentalists). This course aims to provide knowledge on the manner in which sound should be projected, in order for it to convey a personal and - most importantly - clear musical message.

Teacher: Jihye Lee


Improvisation is an essential element of jazz, as well as genres such as blues, rock, reggae, soul and funk. Improvisation is spontaneous composition, based largely on listening to the musicians one is playing with. These classes aim to provide basic knowledge on how to improvise, and explain the basic principles of improvisation and its implementation in the above-mentioned musical genres.

Teacher: Susana Raya


Interpretation is an aspect of music that has particularly developed in jazz. The goal of the interpretation classes is to show how a text can be treated so as to instill it with meaning, in order to communicate with the listener in accordance with the singer’s intentions. It also aims to show what kinds of modifications one can afford in the presentation of a musical theme, in the case both singers and instrumentalists.
Classes will be held with the accompaniment of a rhythm section comprised of drums, bass, and piano.

Teacher: Anna Gadt

Ensemble singing

Ensemble singing is a way of creating a lively improvisational choir that can create a 'percussion' effect based on a section of the group taking up an initial rhythmic figure, on which another portion of the group superimposes a successive figure in simple counterpoint to the first. This type of rhythmic mosaic is achieved combining tones at simple intervals to one another, and the 'melodic motifs' which are sung change during the singing. The choir follows the cues of a leader. The goal of this activity is to enter a trace-like sort of exercise, in order to see that repetition leads to 'ingraining' - or reinforcement of expression – while also feeling the chemistry of collective music-making.
The aim of these classes is to encourage creative playing and singing within the scope of a given text or melody.

Teacher: Grzegorz Karnas

jam sessions

Jam Session in Spinoza Club Each day of the workshop will end with evening jam sessions, where participants can confront their skills by playing live in front of an audience, accompanied by a professional rhythm section. Jam sessions provide an excellent opportunity for the workshop’s participants both to express their musicality, using newly acquired knowledge, and to observe how professional musicians deal with the stage and audience. The rhythm section will consist of drums, bass and piano.





rhythm section

Łukasz Ojdana


coming soon!

Jakub Dworak


Double bass player, student of the Katowice Academy of Music in the class of Adam Kowalewski. A musician with variety of interests, who finds himself in many musical styles. He’s influenced by the creative activity of such giants as Scott Lafaro, Paul Chambers, Antonin Dvorak, Richard David James, Giovanni Bottesini. Winner of many musical competitions, including: the first prize in the solo category at the International Jazz Contest in Tarnow(2009), and the second prize with MDM Trio at IJC in Tarnow (2011).

Grzegorz Masłowski


Student of the Katowice Academy of Music. Cooperated with many polish and european musicians. He was a teacher of rhythmic and drums during the first edition of workshop in Zory in 2010. Currently plays and works with Janusz Muniak, Jan Malecha Quartet, The Transgress. During "Jazz Juniors" Competition 2010 in Cracow he received Grand Prix with 2 bands: Jarek Bothur Quartet and Michal Wroblewski Trio.




Municipal Cultural Center in Żory
Dolne Przedmieście 1 Street, Żory
Mo - Fri, 9.00 - 16.00


Daniel Czech - coordinator for participants:
Workshops schedule will be send upon individual request

Lois Le Van - coordinator for French participants:

NFP Kontrapunkt MKiDN

Artistic oversight:

Ninth Floor Productions

The 2010 and 2011 editions were co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The project co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme of the Silesia Voivodeship for years 2007-2013.

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