Trip 4: UKZN to VCU March 2013

Trip 4: UKZN to VCU March 2013

(Written in Prof. Garcia’s voice…)

As you may already know, VCU Jazz received an “International Partnerships Major Initiatives Award” (IPMI) to bring American and African citizens together in musical and personal understanding. VCUarts generously matched the grant. Titled “VCU and the University of KwaZulu-Natal: A Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding,” this grant project brought together students and faculty of the Jazz Studies Programs of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa over the course of the VCU academic year.

As in Fall 2012, UKZN visited Richmond in the last week of March 2013, this time to close out the exchanges of the year. It was a delight to be able to host our friends here again! While Mary and I did not travel–thus the tale less exotic from our own view–I really should share some images and tales from this final trip of the four exchanges.

Throughout the year’s planning, Neil had asked me about Richmond’s weather in late March. “Wonderful, spring-like…mild days, cool evenings,” I always replied.

And they arrived on Sunday, March 24 to… Continue reading

Trip 3: VCU to UKZN March 2013

(Written in Prof. Garcia’s voice…)

As you may already know, VCU Jazz received an “International Partnerships Major Initiatives Award” (IPMI) to bring American and African citizens together in musical and personal understanding. VCUarts generously matched the grant. Titled “VCU and the University of KwaZulu-Natal: A Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding,” this grant project brought together students and faculty of the Jazz Studies Programs of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa over the course of the VCU academic year.

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Trip 2: UKZN to VCU Sept 2012

As part of VCU Jazz’s “International Partnerships Major Initiatives Award” grant from VCU and VCUarts, students and faculty of the Jazz Studies Programs of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) reunited in late September 2013, this time in Richmond. Our own Victor Haskins (trumpet), Justin Esposito (bass), C.J. Wolfe (drums), Brendan Schnabel (tenor sax), Chris Ryan (guitar), Trey Sorrells (alto sax), Prof. Antonio Garcia, and teams of additional VCU students hosted visiting UKZN students Sakhile Simani (trumpet), Linda Sikhakhane (tenor sax), Sebastian Goldswain (guitar), Lungelo Ngcobo (piano), Ildo Nandja (bass), and Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums) and their director, pianist Prof. Neil Gonsalves, for a great week in Richmond. In addition to performing at The Camel, the visitors sat in at several local clubs;

VCU and UKZN students and faculty learn from VCU alumnus Carlos Chafin, President of In Your Ear Studios in Richmond.

VCU and UKZN students and faculty learn from VCU alumnus Carlos Chafin, President of In Your Ear Studios in Richmond. Photo credit Antonio García.

shared jam sessions, classes, and rehearsals with VCU students and faculty; toured in Your Ear Studios, the Black History Museum, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, and several music stores; attended VCU concerts; shared a reception with VCU faculty and administration; and toured Richmond. Continue reading