Play Jazz! workshop – Asaf Sirkis & Sylwia Bialas

Saturday 1 September 2018, 2-6pm at Sage Gateshead

On the first Saturday of each month (except January and August) we run four-hour workshops in association with Sage Gateshead. Each one is different, and is usually facilitated by a different tutor.

This time the tutors are two internationally acclaimed jazz musicians and educators of the highest standard: drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis and vocalist/composer Sylwia Bialas. They ran a very well attended Play Jazz! workshop at the Sage in 2016, but this workshop will be different from the previous one. So whether or not you’ve been to one of their workshops before, it will definitely be worth attending this one. The theme this time is ‘World of Rhythms’ and they are going to be looking at how to develop melodic and rhythmic concepts in ensemble playing.

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet will be performing at The Globe in the evening.

The Play Jazz! workshops are intended to appeal to a wide range of musicians including those who

  • play other styles of music but are new to jazz
  • play written music but want to learn to improvise
  • have not played for a while and want to refresh their skills
  • want to meet and play with other jazz musicians.

Suitable for all instrumentalists, drummers and improvising vocalists. Minimum age 16. You do not need to read music to participate in this workshop. The short tunes can be learnt by ear. But for those readers who like a bit of preparation, there is some music at the bottom of this post.

Each four-hour workshop costs £25 (or £22.50 for Jazz.Coop members). Ticket sales are handled by the Sage. You can book online here
or by phoning the Sage ticket office 0191 443 4661
or by visiting the Sage in person

If you’ve got any questions please email

Music to download:

Konnakol tune (concert)

Konnakol tune (Bb)

Konnakol tune (Eb)

Konnakol tune (bass)