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Sunday 25th August 2019: 1:45 pm for a 2 pm start

The festival is delighted to present three Educational Workshops at the Rye Community Centre during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The second of the series is on Improvisation and being run by award winning saxophonist, spoken word artist and composer Soweto Kinch! Soweto will be running the workshop before his concert on the Kino stage later that day.

The workshop is intended both for professional musicians and beginners who are interested in jazz, hip-hop improvisation and composition. During the workshop Soweto will explain how to improvise confidently and how to avoid being constrained by convention. You can bring your own instrument if you would (like though this isn’t a deal breaker) but please do come ready to participate actively in the workshop.

Places are limited so please register your interest by emailing and we will confirm your place. Please come along at 1:45 pm to register for a 2pm start. There will be some refreshments available.

Artist: Soweto Kinch

Listen to Soweto Kinch

Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University, he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including two MOBO Awards for Best Jazz Act (2003, 2007), and Mercury Prize Nomination for Album of the Year (2003). Most recently, Kinch has extended his work in music media becoming the main presenter for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now, and fronting BBC Four documentary Jazzology (2018).

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have further garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, and being championed by the likes of Rodney P and BBC 1 -Xtra’s Twin B. He’s collaborated with Speech Debelle, Lady Leshurr and worked with Stormzy for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. With an impressive discography that has covered a wide range of themes from the Seven Deadly Sins, sacred geometry and slavery/emancipation – Soweto’s music has seen him tour extensively around the world with his own ensembles as well as forging lasting collaborations from the US, India to Australia and Sudan to Brazil.

In 2013, Kinch presented a stage performance of his concept album The Legend of the Smith at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – which toured at The Belgrade Theatre (Coventry), The Albany (Deptford), Banlieux Bleues (Paris), and Chat’s Palace (Hackney). Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and directed by Jonzi D it tells the story of a young MC, Mike Smith, confronted with a range of contemporary temptations – melding spoken word, dance, jazz and hip hop it’s a dynamic commentary on a world of consumerism and the music industry. Kinch has also composed extensively for a number of theatre and dance productions, including Roy Williams’ adaptation of Absolute Beginners at the Hammersmith Lyric, and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Statement of Regret at The National Theatre (2007), Jonzi D’s Marcus Da Sadist (2010) and Ivan Blackstock’s A Harlem Dream at The Young Vic (2014)

Venue: Rye Community Centre

Rye Community Centre

Rye Jazz & Blues festival turned the Rye Community Centre into the Spectrum Jazz Lounge back in 2015 and we are delighted to be presenting our educational workshops back at the Rye Community Centre in 2019!

The Rye Community Centre makes an ideal venue for weddings, clubs, activities, meeting or exhibitions. They have rooms available for hire which offer an attractive and competitive alternative to other venues in Rye. Rye Community Centre, which was once a chapel, is a period building with excellent facilities, including parking for up to 10 cars, and is also close to other car parks. The venue is within a few minutes walk of Rye Town Centre.

For current activities and forthcoming attractions, see What’s On. To find out more about booking the Community Centre as a venue for your wedding reception, meetings, exhibitions or events, see Venue Hire.

Rye Community Centre
Conduit Hill
Rye, East Sussex
TN31 7LE

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