April 27, 2022, 7:00 PM EST - "Let Freedom String" Workshop
Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 PM EST (6CT/5MT/4PT) on Zoom
Workshop with Madang Artist, Violinist Majid Khaliq
Majid Khaliq is a classically trained violinist who graduated from The Juilliard School before embarking on a career as a jazz violinist, bandleader, and educator. In this session, Majid will share how the violin was and continues to be an integral part of the African American music culture and how that history inspires and informs his powerful creative presence as a Black violinist. The workshop will also provide opportunities for all musicians - professionals, amateurs, and students - to improvise in the language of Jazz. Are you curious about the long, often forgotten, history of the violin in Black American culture? Do you want to learn jazz improvisation for the first time or extend your skills further? Come join us! No previous improvisation experience is needed. You don't need to be a musician. You are welcome to come as a listener or an active participant. If participating, bring your voice and/or instruments. Space is limited to 12 participants.
Described as having “a unique blend of improvisation, groove, and technical sophistication” by legendary musician Wynton Marsalis, Majid Khaliq is cut from a different cloth. A violinist, composer, and a bandleader, Majid graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in 2010. His music expertise knows no bounds, lending his talents to various artists including Wynton Marsalis, Mr. Cheeks (from hip hop group The Lost Boyz), Antonio Hart (jazz saxophonist), Craig G (from hip hop collective The Juice Crew), John Blake Jr. (jazz violinist), Dyme-a-Duzin (from band Phony Ppl), Itzhak Perlman (classical musician/ world known violinist), Keith David (actor/singer/voice actor), Isaac Stern (Grammy award violinist), and Regina Carter (jazz violinist). In 2008, Majid was the recipient of the prestigious Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Award for composition. In 2011, he and his eponymous band, Ma*Jid, released a debut jazz EP in 2011 called The Basilisk as well as two mixtapes on Soundcloud called Sfumato Symphony Volume 1 & 2. Majid Khaliq’s music is an eclectic blend of styles and influences, which pull from European classical, jazz, and hip-hop.