Jazz is a refined – and immediately usable – musical genre and essentially based on improvisation. Music, in general, can become a concrete help for children, who can thus have the possibility of approaching jazz as a pure artistic expression, triggering a particular rhythmic sensibility.
Jazz can be heard and even danced, even when it is not performed for the dance its rhythm stimulates movement and is perceived with the body. Just think of the swing, which is obtained just when the musician “plays” with time suggesting a sense of relaxation but at the same time stimulates movement.
When a child has the opportunity to play listening to a musical genre will be able to get those instruments that will bring it closer to other genres, and even the most “learned” music like Classical music.
Just watch the children we realize that, when they play, they improvise continuously and it is easy for them to assimilate this style – or language – which, by allowing a satisfying interaction, increases their self-esteem.
Massimo Nunzi is the creator and author of Play jazz, with his experience as an orchestra conductor, jazz player but also composer of contemporary music, he thought of jazz as a genre suitable for children because, in its simplest and most popular forms it is a natural, simple and direct music, and above all does not embarrass the children. On children, jazz has a joyful effect that involves them in sharing musical space. All this Nunzi does it by playing and at the same time succeeding in teaching children ones some of the greatest jazz classics.
Surely one of the greatest curiosity triggered by Giocajazz concerns the relationship that boys with an age ranging from four to 11 years, have with the tools … No one will believe it but the most popular instrument of all jazz playing is not the electric guitar, it’s not the drums, it’s not the saxophone, it’s the cutest and crammest of all the instruments: the trombone.
Our trombonist keeps him still and the children play with the Coulisse and laugh like crazy to listen to the sounds like crazy elephants of the jungle book that they can make to emit to the trombonist … It happens then that the children memorize immediately very popular songs but at the same time extremely complicated songs … like those of jazz that I make known to him through Giocajazz. The thing that is strange is that they are never out of tune… They sing very difficult songs and are always in tune … This is because they have fun, because childrens do not have any kind of inhibition in letting go to a light-hearted and happy song. Obviously the other instrument that is the master is the battery that was once beaten by more than 10 children at the same time … The drummer had finished all the sticks and what came out was a fun cacophony … . Massimo Nunzi
In fact, the orchestra is a perfect game place because you can do something very funny and much appreciated by everyone … There is great admiration even by adults in seeing the children involved in singing and rhythm … Sometimes I saw children very embarrassed by the reaction of their parents who were more unleashed than them … Faces like: mom, please, stop … you’re embarrassing me … “.
We interview Massimo Nunzi who illustrates the Game.
What is Giocajazz?
Giocajazz is a necessary turning point in the teaching of music because I am well aware of the fact that nowadays it is necessary to create new languages of divulgation for the public of tomorrow and that this cognitive path should be started from an early age.
Jazz, classical, contemporary music, risk disappearing if you do not find the way to create a new generation of users, able to appreciate its rich complexity.
I have always worked in the direction of popular dissemination and also accessible to those who do not know anything about music and the success of “Jazz! Instructions for use “, format created for the Teatro Sistina, from which a manual was created for Laterza and, subsequently, a television series for Espresso and Repubblica and then for Rai5 television.
Giocajazz was born in 2003 for the Theatre Quarticciolo in Rome and had a formation in which they played well-known jazz players such as saxophonists Max Ionata and Paolo Recchia…
Why did you come to mind?
In the full body of projects related to popularization, there is no proven system like Giocajazz, which can lead children to learn music while having fun
and acquiring self-awareness, not only in the role of disciples but also of creators and Giocajazz works precisely because it makes active the participation of the boys with the improvisation and interaction of the Jazz, where at the same time, the children are protagonists and gregarious.
How to play and what are the rules?
Come see it or buy the cd of Giocajazz .. impossible to explain it.
Broadly I use a language that is fresh, fast and free of theoretical limits, which can get the result of intriguing, approaching, and making new generations fall in love with music. On the other hand, the “cultured” music,
they no longer have access to large radio and television stations and so the children, through this fun work and in tune with their language, can have that necessary inspiration to discover and deeply know the music and then, perhaps later to play it.
In the next autumn / winter 2018/2019 season of the Casa del Jazz, which has now passed to the Auditorium, it will be programmed Giocajazz.
Igor W. Schiaroli is specialized in new media and technology. He has expertise in publishing and media sector. He is an independent journalist and a writer but primary a technologist and an economist too. He has passion and curiousity about science and travel.
He had major roles for Italian and International Media and Telecommunications companies.