Co led by Sergio Elmir (Futuro Libre) and Jennifer Nichols (Hit and Run Productions), this clinic covers self-presenting (including stage presence and concert preparation); the basic of concert booking/promotion; and new approaches to concert presentation. Mark Micklethwaite facilitates.
Jazz Musician Intensive clinics are free and open to the public. The 2018 Jazz Musician Intensive is generously supported by Long & McQuade, the Asper Foundation and the Ken Page Memorial Trust.
Developing the next generation of musicians goes beyond providing performance opportunities: in order to have the best chance at future success, musicians must understand what it means, in broad terms, to be a member of the music industry – beyond mastering their instrument. An understanding of the business of music – building a brand, marketing strategy, networking, manufacturing and licensing – are vital to a musician’s long-term viability, especially given today’s rapidly changing digital and online landscapes.
The Jazz Musician Intensive - a new initiative for the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival - seeks to support developing musicians through two streams of activity: a series of daily clinics covering a variety of topics related to the wider music industry; and a series of daily rehearsals, ultimately culminating in a performance on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage.
Sergio Elmir is a music curator, events producer and artist manager with over a dozen years of experience working with local, national and international artists. In 2017 he worked as a programming supervisor as part of the City of Toronto's Official Canada 150 celebration, which spanned four days over four different sites. Prior to working for the city, Sergio spent 4 years as an artistic associate at Harbourfront Centre, working on idea-based, multi-arts, year-round programming. Most recently, Sergio launched Futuro Libre, a boutique artist management and events agency focused on global pop music from Canada and the World. Currently, Sergio is guest curating with Harbourfront Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and Fringe Festival 2018.
Jennifer Nichols is a choreographer and professional dancer, founder and director of the elite ballet fitness program The Extension Method™, and owner of The Extension Room, a multi-purpose dance and fitness studio in downtown Toronto. She has danced professionally for such companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Banff Festival Dance, and has been a company member of Opera Atelier Ballet since 2008. Jennifer is Co-Artistic Director of the Toronto based company Hit and Run Dance Productions, founded in 2003, producing works across Canada and internationally. As choreographer and dancer she has also worked with Against the Grain Theatre for their Dora Award winning Messiah in 2013 & 2015, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Opera 5, FAWN Chamber Creative and The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. Jennifer is choreographer of the CBS hit television show "REIGN" (CW network); other onscreen choreography and performance credits include the CW’s pilot "TRANSYLVANIA", Global TV mini series "MARY KILLS PEOPLE", feature films "Barney’s Version" and "Our House", BRAVO film "Nureyev", Paramount’s "Save the Last Dance 2" and the National Film Board’s "Dance of Death".