May 2 - 6, 2019 | Perugia

for vocalists or instrumentalists who arrange for singers

This intensive workshop offers insights and guidance especially focused for those artists who want to prepare to record. Sessions on song selection, arranging, rhythmic fluency, and the studio recording process will all help you in this most important phase of a successful recording project-the preparation! 

The ‘big picture’ principles of Laurence’s teaching will be present - essentially that relaxed mindfulness is the key. It feeds the greatest secret Laurence has come to believe regarding musical evolution: the way our egos want to learn music is not the way our brains want to learn music. We can learn to re-calibrate our source of gratification from a quick-fix approach — instant gratification, little evolution or improvement — to a deeper, more contemplative way of working that leads to steadier and more marked growth. The result is real, lasting gratification that translates in performance.

Laurence Hobgood, pretty much the king of modern Songbook interpretation. 

Perpetual inventiveness.

Laurence Hobgood left a permanent imprint on Brisbane singers and instrumentalists at the workshop he conducted at Doo-Bop... It will continue to guide us through the internal dialogue we need to help determine what drives us as creative practitioners.   
INGRID JAMES - jazz singer/educator, Brisbane 

Laurence is the type of musician that when you hear him you not only marvel at his incredible storytelling abilities through his improvisation, nor are you just amazed by his brilliant arrangements and incredible musical choices but you are also inspired to be better at your own craft. He makes you fall in love with music over & over again.  
ALICIA OLATUJA - jazz vocalist

A huge fan of Laurence Hobgood’s compositions and arrangements, I was thrilled when he agreed to write an arrangement on Shoo Rye for my recording project, ‘Southern Comfort’. He played and talked through a couple of initial ideas he had and was very open to any input I might have had. The end result was a thrilling and impressive composition which evokes images of the beautiful Appalachian landscapes. Hobgood’s arrangement elicits thunderous applause at every concert. 

Workshop Description

This intensive workshop is specifically designed for vocalists and instrumentalists who work with singers who want to prepare for a recording . Sessions include:

  • Music Theory: -Filling in the gaps
  • Recording: How a jazz vocal record gets made
  • The Art Of Arranging: What, Why and How
  •  Rhythm: The Secret Ingredient
  • Singers are asked to bring two charts 

Read more detailed session descriptions here.

Workshop Schedule

May 2:  Arrival: & welcome dinner
May 3-6: Workshop sessions (at least 6 hours each day
May 7: Departure after breakfast

Tuition: $1100 includes food, lodging and all sessions.
Fee based on double occupancy; single rooms may be available at an additional fee.

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Please note: because this is a workshop with an internationally touring artist, there will be no refunds. If there is an emergency cancellation we will apply your payments to another workshop produced by Class Acts On Tour.