As the AmserJazzTime Festival makes its online debut this afternoon, festival team member Siobhan Waters gives us the lowdown:
Hi, I’m Siobhan and I’m a second year Jazz student. Since launching nine years ago, AmserJazzTime has become one of RWCMD’s flagship events for jazz.
Students get to showcase their music in front of a live audience every Friday night during term time.
Listen to this year’s AmserJazzTime Festival on Atmospheres Radio.
AmserJazztime is now one of the most regularly attended jazz events in Wales, making it a huge fixture on the Cardiff Jazz scene and we’re really proud to welcome public audiences back to our foyer week after week, term after term, year after year.
It’s also a huge hit with students both as participants and audience members.
Those who perform are able to develop vital industry skills and share the music they love – whether it’s traditional jazz, folk crossover, funk, blues or even world music – in a safe and supportive environment.
Here’s a video the student team made, taking you behind the scenes, both as a live music event and as a radio programme
Other students from all departments across the College enjoy the opportunity to take 90 minutes at the end of a busy week to relax and take in music in an informal setting where they can be among friends.
Now, in these unprecedented times, we’ve had to reinvent the way we present AmserJazzTime and after almost a decade as a live music event, our team is having to work from home. With the help of our lecturer in music technology, Odilon Marcenaro, we’ve produced AmserJazzTime Radio hosted on Atmospheres Radio, the RWCMD radio station created by Odilon.
The station plays music from current students, our jazz graduates as well as some of our tutors. The response has been phenomenal with over 150 weekly listeners tuning in within just the first few weeks.
You’ll be able to catch two very special JazzTime performances as part of our first College virtual Jazz Open Day for new students, which ties in with this week’s AmserJazzTime.
Today – Thurs 4th June at 5.30pm, featuring music from students graduating from the Jazz course this summer.
Tomorrow – Friday 5th June at 5.30pm celebrating Welsh band Duski, who are launching their new album Make A Wish, and sharing that music with us. The band are all either RWCMD grads or guest tutors.
— AmserJazzTime (@AmserJazzTime) June 1, 2020
Tune in at 5.30pm for an hour of jazz every Friday evening until 26th June.
Thanks to the AmserJazzTime Team for all their work making this unique festival happen.
You can listen to Atmospheres Radio here.
Find out more about studying on the Jazz course at the College.
Photos Simon Gough and Kirsten McTernan