CARLETON UNIVERSITY FUSION ENSEMBLE

Fall / Winter 2019-2020

Description/Objectives: The Fusion Ensemble will focus on a variety of jazz/rock, textural and funk influenced improvisation styles: from Bitches Brew style experimentation to more soundscape/ECM-like composition; from free improv and progressive rock to hip-hop inspired grooves.
Rehearsals will involve approximately ten three-hour evening sessions per term (this includes set-up/tear-down) with Fall & Winter end-of-term performances (additional showcases also possible). Among the goals of the Fusion Ensemble are:

a) to develop improvisation/interaction/interplay skills (the ensemble will be divvied into 3-4combos)
b) to develop a broadened appreciation of the Fusion repertoire
c) to provide performance experience and opportunities for students
d) to showcase SSAC/Music performers in the broader community
e) to a develop a sense of community among Ensemble members

Communication: A 15-minute audition must be booked for any new students hoping to join the ensemble with priority given to those in the BMus program that require ensemble credit. Nothing to prepare, but will check ability to understand and improvise over complex chord structures and odd time signatures, as well as notation reading level. Students who have been part of the ensemble in past years, or those who’s playing the Director is familiar, will not need to audition though must get in touch to confirm their interest in joining.

Confirmation: Once deciding on an ensemble and being auditioned and admitted, changing to another ensemble will not be permitted in a given term. Ensemble participation must be confirmed by the last day of registration in each term. All students are required to inform the Supervisor of Ensembles, Masterclasses and Practica – Dr. Carolyn Ramzy – of their ensemble participation. Please note that while it is possible to register in more than one ensemble per term, students are normally advised to avoid ensemble (and academic) overload. Students maybe limited to one only of the Fusion, Jazz and/or Contemporary Guitar ensembles per term.

Auditions: Tuesday September 10th 2019 at 6:30pm in Studio B/A916 Loeb (perhaps subject to change). Contact Wayne Eagles: wayne.eagles@carleton.ca (preferred) or (613) 762-9342

Fall Term start: Tuesday September 17, 2019 @ 7:00 PM Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre

Winter Term start: Tuesday January 7, 2020 @ 7:00 PM Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre

Fall & Winter Term Concerts (featuring Singer-Songwriter Ensemble!):

Fall Concert: November 27th 2019 at House of Targ

Winter Concert: April 1st 2020 at House of Targ

Evaluation: Pass/Fail (SAT/UNS) grades are submitted at the end of the term for BMus participants. Grades are based on attendance, preparedness, and effective participation.
Contribution: Contribution involves several elements. Students are expected to learn the music outside of the regular rehearsal time. Students must also participate actively in all rehearsals, dialogue effectively with the Director and other members of the ensemble, and use the rehearsal process as a means of improving individual and ensemble performance skills.
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory and closely monitored. In the event of an impending absence, the Ensemble Director must be notified in advance. Students who miss rehearsals without a valid medical certificate or without advance notice risk losing their Fusion Ensemble membership.