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Avant Music Academy Hosts 'Cabaret Musical'

Jamaica Gleaner / Fresh off its Scholarship Benefit, (the ‘Unforgettable’ Concert with Ken Boothe), the Avant Academy of Music will present an end-of-term cabaret at the Centre for Language and Culture at 21 Grosvenor Terrace, on Sunday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m.

The spring cabaret is a family friendly event which will feature performances by students and mentors, along with a highly anticipated musical theatre

segment. Special musical guests include guitarist-singer-songwriter, Wayne Armond, founder of the Chalice band, and choreographer and musical theatre specialist, Neisha-Yen Jones.

Avant’s founder anddirector, Seretse Small, says that while this show has a fundraising aim, the intentions go even deeper.

“We really want to inspire our students to progress musically by allowing them to perform and demonstrate their growth to their friends and families. By performing and witnessing their mentors perform, we aim to give them confidence through the bond of a shared musical path and the desire to get better and grow as musicians.”

PROLIFIC PRODUCER Small adds that the public will experience first-hand the future of Jamaican music as well as the added benefit of high-quality musical entertainment from some of Jamaica’s most celebrated performers.

Wayne Armond has grown to be a prolific producer and songwriter in the Jamaican music industry. In 1980, the guitarist-singer-songwriter founded the Chalice band, best known for their singles, Revival Time , I Still Love You , Good to Be There , and Dangerous Disturbances . As a guitarist, he has toured with Monty Alexander and is part of the group, Jakoostik. Armond also has his own duo, called Warm ‘n’ Easy, who perform at many corporate events. He is also a former guitar mentor at Avant Academy of Music. In fact, Armond and Small have often collaborated, most notably on the Jahkoostik project and also at the famed Calabash literary festival, as musical guests.

Seretse Small, team leader of the Avant Academy, is a celebrated Jamaican guitarist who loves to fuse jazz improvisations with Caribbean forms of music. He was trained at the Jamaica School of Music and the Berklee College of Music. Small is known for his impassioned instrumental performances that combine emotional musical improvisations with a dynamic stage presence.

Neisha-Yen Jones, is a specialist in musical theatre. She lectures at the Edna Manley, School of Dance, and has recently started teaching voice at Avant. She is the artistic director for the Musical Theatre Summer Camp of Avant Academy of Music.

This cabaret is presented by Avant Academy with support from Amazing Events and the Centre for Language and Culture, a junior learning centre founded by French native Aluna Less. Part proceeds go towards supplementing the scholarship fund.

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