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Vienna's
JAM MUSIC LAB
Dedicated Solely to Jazz and Pop Music 
Announces 
UNIVERSITY STATUS

 
Jam Music Lab -
Private University for Jazz and Popular Music

 
Offering Specialized Studies in Jazz, Popular Music, Music Production, Music Pedagogy and More
 
First Bachelor & Master Studies Start in September 2017
Auditions in June 2017 
 
 
 
 
Jam Music Lab University Announces

"SPHERES OF A GENIUS"
100 Years of Thelonious Monk
 
A Jazz Composition Competition by JMLU in Cooperation with 
The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
 
Call For Scores - Deadline June 1, 2017
 
Winning Work Premieres at Gala in Famous Golden Hall, Vienna, 
July 7, 2018  
 
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ABOUT THE JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY
 
Vienna, May 9, 2017 - Located in one of Europe's most beautiful and historically important cities, with a vast music tradition and high living standard, Jam Music Lab is excited to announce the accreditation of its University status.
 
The University specializes in jazz and popular music, offering its students practical experiences in professional environments while upholding the academic process. An internal agency provides appropriate work opportunities while ensuring educational guidance. This way students will be carefully introduced to the realities of work life.
 
Situated in the 11th district of Simmering, an urban and culturally diverse part of Vienna, Austria, the Jam Music Lab University is housed at an architectural landmark in the Gasometer. There are four former storage tanks called Gasometers that were built in 1899 as the monarchy's major energy provider. Vienna undertook a remodelling and revitalization of the protected monuments with well-known architects. Gasometer B, C and D, called Gasometer Music City, house a university campus with over 11,000 m2.

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Besides the Jam Music Lab University itself, this includes a music hall (capacity of 2000-3000), music retailers, a student dormitory and other music-related institutions for various ages offering pedagogical collaborations for students. Gasometer Music City has its own subway station. Vienna's center is only a short ride away.
 
The following bachelor (4 yrs) and master's degrees (2 yrs) can be obtained:
  • Bachelor / Master of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor / Master of Arts in Music Education
 
The focus lies on the following branches: Music Performance aims at instrumental, vocal, compositional and musical proficiency at a high level. Music Pedagogy provides insights to the methods and principles of music instruction. Media Music teaches film scoring, and music production for film, theatre, commercial production and video games.
 
The JMLU faculty consists of international, first-rate professors, who have worked extensively in their fields of expertise. Among them, Grammy-award winning musicians and producers. JMLU understands the importance of teaching music business helping students to become efficient in building and promoting their own careers.
 
In addition, the institute hosts workshops, panels and master classes on a regular basis to present international authorities from all over the world.
 
The concert venues and stages throughout the city of Vienna offer everything from classical to jazz and progressive sounds. Jazz clubs, concert venues, music halls and several orchestras call Vienna their home. Marcus Ratka, JMLU's director, explains: "We are located in the city of music. Vienna's high culture is of major importance to people's daily lives. Artists and musicians are well regarded, and a healthy music scene creates work by demand. We aim to equip our students, so they can live well."
  
The University utilizes a tight network and collaborates with venues, club owners, orchestras and festivals, among them the acclaimed JAZZFEST Wien. Professors and students are continually invited to perform and to demonstrate their skills.
 
Courses are being held in German and English. Skills in both languages are desirable.
 
First Bachelor & Master Studies start in September 2017. Auditions are scheduled for June 21, 22, 23, 2017. For further information, please go to  www.jammusiclab.com 
 
 
ABOUT SPHERES OF A GENIUS: 100 YEARS OF THELONIOUS MONK
 
Vienna, May 9, 2017 - To honor the centennial of the great American jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk "Spheres of a Genius," a high-end composition competition was created. Marcus Ratka, the organizer, says about his influence, "To me Monk´s music has opened doors to new rooms of sounds, structures and ways of creating music. He raised my awareness for the charming beauty of dissonance and the contradictions in the arts."
 
The competition will feature the world-famous Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. There will be three finalists. The winning composition will be premiered by the Orchestra with Jazz soloists in a gala at the historic Golden Hall on June 7, 2018. The concert will be broadcasted as part of the Ö1 radio program. In addition, the winner receives  5.000! Second prize is  3.000, third prize takes  2.000 home.
 
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Historic Golden Hall
 
The Jury will consist of representatives of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jam Music Lab University and international music experts.
 
The contest aims to create music that will reflect the spirit of Thelonious Monk from a contemporary perspective; to provoke inspiration for further innovation, originality and musical communication in contemporary jazz. The composition is intended to offer a demanding and an up-to-date platform for the exploration of exciting interrelationships of jazz in its composed, as well as improvised forms. The "Sounds" and "Spheres" in the unmistakable musical innovations of Monk, are very much prevalent in the possibilities that composed music offers us, especially when a large-scale composition calls for the orchestra to interact with jazz idioms and jazz musicians. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2017.
 
For all details, contact info and submission procedures, please go directly to:
 
 
 
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Vienna's 
JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY
A Fully Accredited Institute
Offering Bachelor and Master Degrees Studies in Jazz, 
Popular Music, Production, Pedagogy and More
 
 
Beginning September 2017
 
 

JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY
Welcomes to Its Faculty 
Esteemed Educators
Thomas Gansch
and Juan Garcia-Herreros
  
 
 
 
JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY
Announces 
Scholarship and Grants Opportunities for
Advanced Students
 
Auditions In September 2017
 
 
 
 

JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY
Receives Over 100 International Submissions for
 "SPHERES OF A GENIUS"

A Composition Competition Recognizing the 
Centennial Celebration of 
Thelonious Monk 

 
In Partnership with The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
 
Winning Work Premieres at Golden Hall Gala, Vienna
 July 7, 2018  
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THE JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY
 
Vienna, July 18, 2017 - Located in one of Europe's most beautiful and musically-rich cities,Jam Music Lab proudly celebrates its newly-attained University status. It is now a fully accredited academic institute.
 
The University specializes in jazz and popular music, with an emphasis on practical experience and employment opportunities. Students benefit from educational guidance in professional environments.
 
Situated in the 11th district of Simmering, an urban and culturally diverse district of Vienna, Austria, the Jam Music Lab University is housed at an architectural landmark known as the Gasometer. There are four former storage tanks called Gasometers - all built in 1899 - that served as the monarchy's major energy provider.
 
The city of Vienna remodeled and revitalized the protected monuments, resulting inGasometer Music City, now a flourishing university campus covering 11,000 m2.
 
Besides Jam Music Lab University, this campus features a performance hall (seating 2000-3000), music retailers, student dormitory and music-related annexes for students of various ages. A host of pedagogical collaborations are available. Gasometer Music City has its own subway station. Vienna's center is only a short ride away.
 
Throughout the city, concert venues and stages offer everything from classical to jazz to progressive music. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra and other internationally renowned ensemblescall Vienna theirhome.The University utilizes this tight network of contacts, partnering with club owners, presenters and festivals - among them, the acclaimed JAZZFEST Wien. Professors and students are routinely invited to perform and to demonstrate their skills.

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The JMLU faculty:
  • International, first-rate professors, who work extensively in their fields of expertise, including Grammy-award-winning musicians and producers.
  • Renowned guest authorities, including Bill Dobbins, Director of the U.S.'s famed Eastman School, leading workshops, seminars and master classes.
JMLU emphasizes these tracks:
  • Music Performance aims at instrumental, vocal, compositional and musical proficiency at a high level.
  • Music Pedagogy provides insights to the methods and principles of music instruction.
  • Media Music teaches film scoring, and music production for film, theatre, commercial production and video games.
JMLU offers these degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music (4 years)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Education (4 years)
  • Master of Arts, Music (2 years)
  • Master of Arts, Music Education (2 years)
JMLU understands the importance of integrating real-world experience with academic training. By teaching the business of music, students build and develop careers. "We are located in the city of music," explains Marcus Ratka, Director of JMLU. "Vienna's high culture is of major importance to people's daily lives. Artists and musicians are well regarded, and a healthy music scene creates work by demand. We aim to equip our students, so they can fulfill their promise." 
 
Courses are held in German and English. Skills in both languages are desirable. Bachelor & Master Studies begin in September 2017. Video submissions are possible for applicants not residing in Austria:
JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS
 
The University offers a range of assistance programs, covering full and partial grants support. Submission deadline for the September term is August 25, 2017.  
 
JMLU NEWEST FACULTY MEMBERS
 
The University is proud to welcome esteemed educators Thomas Gansch and Juan Garcia-Herreros.
 
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Thomas Gansch
 
Gansch is an Austrian trumpeter and artist who works across all boundaries of musical genres and concepts - classical, jazz, pop, folk, interpretation, improvisation and composition. His musical language possesses gravitas, as well as humor.  He is a founding member of the acclaimed ensemble Mnozil Brass, has served the inestimable Vienna Art Orchestra, and created Gansch & Roses, his own "little big band."
Gansch offers students a holistic approach, diversity of styles, technique and the opportunity for specialized development in their interests and talents.
Garcia-Herreros is a celebrated Colombian bassist-composer whose work in Latin Jazz and World Music have earned him a host of top honors, including a Grammy nomination. Long recognized for his virtuosity on the electric 6-string, he is a highly influential instrumentalist with a command of multiple musical genres.
 
"SPHERES OF A GENIUS" 100 YEARS OF 
THELONIOUS MONK

 
To honor the centennial of Thelonious Monk, the great American jazz pianist-composer, JMLU has created "Spheres of a Genius," an international competition dedicated to composition. 
 
In a resounding show of support, over 100 submissions have been received from around the world!
 
"Monk´s music has opened doors to new sounds, structures and ways of creating music," says organizer Marcus Ratka. "He raised awareness for the charming beauty of dissonance and contradictions in the arts." 
 
The competition aims to:
  • Reflect the spirit of Thelonious Monk from a contemporary perspective
  • Inspire innovation and originality
  • Provide a platform for the interrelationship of composed and improvised forms
  • Encourage the exploration of large-scale interactions, vis-a-vis the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which will premier the winning composition in the historicGolden Hall, July 7, 2018.
 
The concert will be broadcast as part of the Ö1 radio program. The winner receives € 5.000. First runner-up receives € 3.000. Second runner-up gets € 2.000. 
 
The Jury will consist of experts in the field - representatives of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jam Music Lab University and international authorities.www.spheresofagenius.com
 
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Historic Golden Hall
 

For further background information, please read the interview with Marcus Ratka, Director of JMLU, conducted by Larry Appelbaum, American jazz scholar, critic, broadcaster and Senior Music Specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.:
 
 
 
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