The 2nd IASJ Jazz Education Conference will take place on the island of Corfu, Greece on 21-24 October 2010, and will be hosted by the Ionian University Department of Music and the Greek Society for Music Education.

Teaching Improvisation - A Bridge over Classical and Jazz Studies

Our principal keynote speaker will be Mr. Gunther Schuller, a world-renowned musician, composer, conductor, educator, academic, scholar and writer well known also for his pioneering work in connecting 20th century classical music with jazz through numerous compositions, reviving, restoring and performing historical jazz works from Scott Joplin to Charles Mingus, recording with Miles Davis on "Birth of The Cool" and establishing the Jazz and Third Stream departments at the New England Conservatory as early as 1969. His view on the role of improvisation in contemporary musical education will be the starting point of the conference.

Our second keynote speaker will be Mr. Theodore Antoniou, one of the most eminent and prolific contemporary composers, also a conductor, a professor of composition at Boston University and an active performer of new music. Mr. Antoniou holds the position of president of the National Greek Composers' Association.

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