METROPOLE ORCHESTRA ARRANGERS WORKSHOP
The Metropole Orchestra invites arranging talent to work with the world’s leading symphonic jazz- and pop orchestra. Apply now: Registration form and other required materials must be in our possession on November 17th, 2012.
The Metropole Orchestra Arrangers Workshop, organized in collaboration with Codarts, The Rotterdam Jazz Academy, provides young arrangers a unique opportunity to work closely together with the Metropole Orchestra under supervision of it's Chief, the renowned composer, arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza.
The selected candidates will participate in rehearsals and masterclasses with Vince Mendoza and the Metropole Orchestra to be held from February 18th to February 23th 2013 in Hilversum. They will also have the unique opportunity of writing an arrangement for guest-vocalist Richard Bona. On the final evening of the Workshop we will present the results of the work of the candidates in a concert (with Richard Bona!) for a live audience on Saturday February 23th in Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam.
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Richard Bona (born October 28, 1967 in Minta, Cameroon) is a jazz bassist and musician. At 4 years old, Bona started to play the balafon. At the age of 5, he began performing at his village church. Not being wealthy, Bona made many of his own instruments: including flutes and guitars (with cords strung over an old motorcycle tank).
His talent was quickly noticed, and he was often invited to perform at festivals and ceremonies. Bona began learning to play the guitar at age 11, and in 1980 aged just 13, he assembled his first ensemble for a French jazz club in Douala. The owner befriended him and helped him discover jazz music and, notably including Jaco Pastorius in particular, whose work inspired Bona to switch his focus to the electric bass.
Bona emigrated to Germany at the age of 22 to study music in Düsseldorf, soon relocating to France, where he furthered his studies in music.
Whilst in France, he regularly played in various jazz clubs, sometimes with players such as Manu Dibango, Salif Keita, Jacques Higelin and Didier Lockwood.
In 1995, Richard left France and established himself in New York, where he still lives and works. In New York he played bass guitar with artists like Joe Zawinul, Larry Coryell, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan, Bobby McFerrin, and Steve Gadd.
His first solo album, Scenes from My Life, was released in 1999. He has also been prominently featured in Jaco Pastorius Big Band albums, as well as many other albums by various top-tier jazz musicians.
In 2002 Bona went on a world tour with the Pat Metheny Group as a percussionist/vocalist. In 2005 Bona released his fourth album Tiki. He currently holds a professorship of music at New York University.
Laatste aanpassing op Friday 15 March 2013