The course is an excellent hands on introduction to Cuban music. The teaching team of Sierra McGuinness and Sierra Maestra is excellent. It was wonderful to be able to go out in the evenings and hear top class bands playing what we were aspiring to, and to enjoy the convivial company of course participants and organisers.
One of the U.K.’s busiest bassist and has played on over 30 albums. He has worked with a wide variety of musicians from rising stars Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum to Charlie Watts, John Martyn and jazz legends Stan Tracey and Annie Ross. He has played on film soundtracks and his music has featured on radio and TV in the UK and abroad.
He has also made and presented two BBC Radio 4 documentaries: ‘Cool Roots’ - a musical journey back to trace his ancestral roots, and 'Package Peculiar' - a travelogue of visits to Draculaland in Transylvania and Stalinworld in Lithuania.
He is jazz bass tutor, small band coach and jazz history lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire and visiting teacher at The Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College and The Guildhall School of Music.
Find out more about Arnie Somogyi at http://www.forgedrecords.com