Practising, Listening, Performing with Kenny Werner

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Music Network presents a set of three professional development workshops with world class pianist, composer and author Kenny Werner

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Taking Charge of your Performance Career 2021: Practising, Listening, Performing with Kenny Werner

Wed 30 June, Thurs 1 July & Fri 2 July, 5pm–6:30pm (Irish Time)

Ticket price: €30 for 3 workshops.

Join Kenny Werner online for a set of three interactive Zoom workshops for professional musicians working in all genres.

Kenny Werner, world class pianist, composer and author of the landmark book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within will present three talks on how musicians can navigate obstacles to truly connect with their instrument and their music. Musicians will learn how to re-programme their practise and listening techniques from a psychological and spiritual perspective in order to deliver masterful and liberated performances.


Workshop 1: What Gets In Your Way?

Wednesday 30 June 5pm – 6.30pm

How much do thoughts complicate your pathway in your playing, in your practising, in your listening? Self-Doubt. Self-Judgement. We could call this the two-headed monster, but there are more heads! In this session, Kenny will help musicians to identify the thoughts and emotions that create barriers to true mastery, and the following workshops will focus on overcoming those barriers.

Workshop 2: Making the True Connection

Thursday 1 July 5pm – 6.30pm

Learning to turn away from the conscious mind to what Kenny calls The Space. Practising and performing in the moment without thought, care or worry—that is every musician’s goal. In this workshop, Kenny will explain how detaching from the mind’s thought habits can help musicians to reconnect with their heart and their true intellect when playing, allowing them to become a clear conduit for the music.

Workshop 3: Knowing Your Material Will Make You Free

Friday 2 July, 5 – 6.30pm

Having achieved The Space, you can approach the items to practise with more focus and clarity than ever before, allowing you to achieve freedom in performance. Kenny will explain that proper preparation, which involves training your body to play the music with ease and without effort, is the key to true virtuosity. There's an ancient Sanskrit saying, "In The Mind, bondage. In The Mind, liberation’. And so it is for musicians.

Please note, this is a professional development course for professional musicians working in all genres. Ticket holders must be available to attend all 3 workshops. Places are limited to 30.

Part of Taking Charge of Your Performance Career 2021, just one of a number of ways in which Music Network will support musicians throughout the year.

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Music Network is Ireland’s national music touring and development agency and was founded in 1986 by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Its mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland, regardless of their location or circumstance, while supporting the career development of musicians.


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