NYJO is proud to announce the most exciting development in its 54-year history: The NYJO Jazz Exchange.
This two-year project will encourage emerging professional musicians across the country to take charge of their artistic voice.
The NYJO Jazz Exchange
For the first time, NYJO’s national programme will reach those who seek alternatives to the traditional jazz orchestra format, through the formation of a new creative ensemble coached by award-winning instrumentalist, Orphy Robinson MBE.
Launching in January 2020, the NYJO Jazz Exchange will recruit ten musicians with outstanding potential, support their creative needs and help them form new ensembles to kick-start their professional careers.
They will be supported by world-class mentorship, regular rehearsals, paid performances and wider professional development opportunities, bringing our established Jazz Orchestra model to a wider range of young musicians.
About Orphy Robinson
The first NYJO Jazz Exchange ensemble will be coached by award-winning instrumentalist, Orphy Robinson MBE. Orphy works in a variety of forms including jazz, free improvisation and funk, and has a long-standing association with classical violinist Nigel Kennedy.
“It is a privilege to be leading the NYJO Jazz Exchange. This exciting new project will provide progressive professional opportunities to those who don’t identify with traditional musical education routes. As a young player, I would have benefited enormously from this scheme. The jazz scene is constantly changing, and it’s important that NYJO does too.”
Orphy Robinson MBE, NYJO Jazz Exchange Coach
Recruitment will be on an open basis with particular focus on regions outside London. Candidates will be committed to developing their creative voice and planning to pursue a career as a musician. We welcome applications from 18-25-year-old musicians who play any instrument using standard western tuning (including vocalists).
Musicians do not need to be dependent on notation-reading ability.
Applications will open in July 2019, with the project beginning in January 2020. The final cohort of ten musicians will be selected by an external panel.
“We are happy to support the NYJO Jazz Exchange. Young people need a variety of pathways, and we are sure some of them would benefit from taking up this opportunity”
Tamzyn French – CEO, Kinetika Bloco
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