Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Norwegian Academy of Music Workshop

Norwegian Academy of Music

The workshop with Christopher Norton was arranged by Norsk Noteservice and the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway. Norsk Noteservice imports Norton’s music to Norway and the Norwegian Academy of Music is the leading music conservatory in Norway.

50 piano teachers from different cultural schools and secondary schools in the area attended this fantastic workshop with an enthusiastic and sparkling Christopher Norton who activated his audience with great competence. The presentation was professional and informative with words, pictures and sound all very well mixed together. Norton’s music is both lyrical and rhythmic and easy to understand in its popular classical style. It is adapted to pupils on all levels in a pedagogically excellent way.

The program was as follows:
10:00-12:00: Introducing American Popular Piano – traditional skills, contemporary styles
12:00-12:30: Lunch
12:30-13:45: Using Microjazz to improve playing, reading and improvisation skills
13:45-14:30: Informal conversation with Christopher Norton

One of the participants describes the workshop in this way: 
“Chris Norton’s music has an exquisite simplicity with a sophisticated touch, presented through humour and a magnificent timing. The seminar in Oslo had moments where the atmosphere in the room was magic, portraying a sense of inner and outer peace, of being connected to something great. What an inspiration!”
- Kjellaug Wik Mikkelsen

Submitted by
Bjørg J. Bjøntegaard
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