Saturday, 31 August 2013

Jazz Sig News item 1

The Jazz SIG is excited to announce the following special jazz related events at the upcoming ISME conference, July 20-25, 2014, in Porto Alegre, Brazil:

JAZZ CONCERT: An entire evening concert featuring Jazz at the Theatro Sao Pedro in the old city part of Porto Alegre. It seats about 1200 and is a gorgeous old opera theater built in 1858. The acoustics are marvelous. Performers will be selected from top Brazilian & international artists and school groups. See application info below.

JAZZ CLUB: Nightly jazz club at the Sheraton Hotel (the top conference hotel). A dedicated jazz space for all of our folks to play every night. The Jazz SIG will organize the lineup. We estimate the space will hold about 100. Equipment will be provided for visiting groups.

SAMBA SUNDAY: A day of advanced instruction in playing samba for visiting jazz artists and students taught by the instructors from the Samba School in Porto Alegre. Each year before Carnaval,  Samba Schools in all large cities teach the community the music for the festival. Traditional instruments will be provided and/or participants can play their our instruments.

Please consider attending, and/or bringing your school/university jazz ensemble to perform at ISME 2014 in Brazil to participate in these events. To submit a performance application, go to . Note the deadline for applying is August 30th, 2013.

To submit an application for a presentation, go to The deadline is October 1st, 2013.

ISME Sistema SIG news update #13

Dear Colleagues,


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Other news

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With all good wishes and looking forward to meeting with as many of you as possible in Porto Alegre next July.




Richard J Hallam MBE

m 07850 634 239

fax and office phone 01908 690078


Thursday, 29 August 2013

URGENT ISME Sistema SIG Call for conference input

Dear colleagues,


ISME World conference July 20th to 25th 2014 Porto Alegre, Brazil

The ISME World conference will again provide a wonderful opportunity for us all to meet up and to share in the latest news regarding music education generally and Sistema related work in particular.

Graça Mota, Andrea Creech, Theodora Stathopoulos and I are considering submitting proposals for Symposia. Please let us know by Friday September 6th  if you wish to be involved by contributing a paper to any of these symposia; or taking part in a discussion panel; or if you have any other suggestions for symposia.
1.       Graça Mota: centred around Social Inclusion;
2.       Andrea Creech: centred around pedagogy: The principles and practices of pedagogy in El Sistema programmes
3.       Theodora Stathopoulos: Is there a place for Sistema in indigenous communities?
4.       Richard Hallam: National identity – how can we learn from each other internationally?

So that we can make the conference as successful as possible, please can you let me know
1.       Are you planning to attend the conference?
a.       If so, would you be interested in some sort of social event?
2.       Are you planning to submit a
a.       Presentation relating to Sistema?
b.      Poster relating to Sistema?
c.       Workshop/Demonstration relating to Sistema?

Please note:

Submissions must be completed by October 1st

I would be grateful if you could respond to this email, even if only to say 'no' to all of the above!

With very best wishes to you all

Richard J Hallam MBE
mobile 07850 634 239
phone 01908 690078