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Groove Diplomacy, Vol. One

by Sonic Black

The blues is not a museum piece to be pulled out for festivals, it is a tool that we can use in our daily lives. Groove Diplomacy Vol 1 is a collection of pieces that are included in the international teaching curriculum of Groove Diplomacy.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Wade in the Water
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2. Tryin' Times
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3. Lonely Woman
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4. What's Your Story Morning Glory
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5. Careless Love Blues
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“The blues is not a museum piece to be pulled out for festivals, it is a tool that we can use in our daily lives. The blues informs jazz expression, gives us permission to express our authentic selves, it heals, it builds community, inspires, protests, can be altruistic and/or capitalistic, reflects our collective history and democratic values, and is at the root of the United States of America,” says Sci.

Groove Diplomacy Vol 1 is a collection of pieces that are included in the international teaching curriculum of Groove Diplomacy. Students and teachers worldwide have studied these pieces theoretically, philosophically with the performing teaching artists of groove diplomacy in creative international project collaborations that have included teacher training seminars, women's empowerment presentations, entrepreneurship workshops, and creative expression masterclasses for all ages and experience levels.

LaFrae Sci is an internationally sought composer, drummer and educator who teaches at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and is also a founding teaching member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in N.Y.C. As a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, she has taught master classes and performed in more than 30 countries. This experience led LaFrae to develop and launch the NGO Groove Diplomacy, whose mission is to create youth engagement programs internationally using musical expression as a vehicle to empower, ignite, heal & create mutual understanding.

LaFrae’s band, Sonic Black, is an educational collective that creates interactive presentations focusing on the genius of the Black American musical contribution to U.S. and world history. Our presentations are tailored to the specific mission of our requested visit. Recent examples are: “Music and Social Justice”, “Finding Your Voice Through Improvisation”, “Women’s Empowerment”, and “Music & Entrepreneurship”. Sonic Black has performed and taught interactive workshops in more than 100 NYC public schools, toured as representatives for Jazz at Lincoln Centers Jazz for Young People On Tour concert series, served as artists in residence at schools in Atlanta, Georgia and Dayton, Ohio and performed in NYC, Suriname, Albania, Paris and participated in the world premiere of two LaFrae’s jazz orchestral works, the first in 2014 written for 36 pieces inspired by the Russian novel The Master and Margarita , in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and the latest being the Time Traveler Suite: Travel Journals of an Afro – Futurist, also performed in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia 2016 written for 60 pieces plus two choirs.

In the spring of 2016 Groove Diplomacy participated in the creation of the first Intercultural Garifuna Festival, a special project with the Afro – Guatemalans in the Livingston, Guatemala region. In December of 2016 Groove Diplomacy again partnered with Fundadela and the U.S. Embassy Guatemala to establish a teaching curriculum, repertoire and create a Gauatemalan/U.S.A. joint faculty establishing the First Annual Jazz Camp Guatemala! Additionally in December 2016 LaFrae had the pleasure of presenting a 3 hour masterclass on “improvisation and finding your voice” with members of the Orquesta Alaíde Foppa, the only all female orchestra in Latin America.

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