Masterclass for woodwind players

Woodwind players have a rare opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s most versatile clarinetists.

Jason Noble will run a masterclass in Taree on Friday June 8, while in town as the adjudicator for the instrumental section of the Taree and District Eisteddfod.

Originally from Port Macquarie, Jason competed in the Taree and District Eisteddfod many years ago and now travels the world.

“Jason’s instrumental work is dynamic and breaks musical frontiers,” said Tanya Brown, co-ordinator of the eisteddfod’s instrumental section.

“He has the honour of performing new music from living composers, often experimental. It takes great skill to perform some of those genres. And he gets to travel the world whilst doing it!”

She said as a senior AMEB examiner, Jason knows what it takes to pass exams well and the class would be great preparation for exams.

“Opportunities like this do not come along often. Usually students would have to travel to Sydney or Newcastle to participate.”

As a core member of Ensemble Offspring for more than 15 years, Jason has performed contemporary new music at festivals from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and around Australia, working largely with living composers.

In 2017, Jason curated a Musica Viva Sessions salon in collaboration with Artbank and violinist Veronique Serret, and also released his first solo album, Chi’s Cakewalk, a collection of contemporary Australian works for clarinet and bass clarinet.

He has toured internationally as part of the live musical entourage for The Shaun Parker Dance Company’s acclaimed production, Am I, and has jointly received best performance awards with Ensemble Offspring at the APRA/AMC Art Music Awards.

Having been an invited guest teacher and performer over two winter academies at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Jason continues to support the school through fundraising and Skype lessons.

Similarly, he maintains close ties with the Tiwi Strong Women’s Group, Ngarukuruwala, with whom he has appeared at festivals and performed on their two albums.

The instrumental section of the eisteddfod runs from June 4 to 8.

The workshop with Jason Noble will be held Friday June 8, at 3.30pm at the Manning Valley Concert Band Room. It is $20 per participant and $10 for an observer. Book at Bass’n’Blues, Albert Street, Taree.