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Yes you can improvise - Music workshop - Ben Fernandez

Yes you can improvise - Music workshop - Ben Fernandez

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  • Sun 23 May, 1:30pm – 3:30pm


St Mary's Catholic Church, 117 Onewa Road, Northcote


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Seniors / Students: $15.00

Music workshop conducted by jazz pianist and composer Ben Fernandez with special guest Warren Mendonsa (guitarist/producer/educator). Venue - St Mary's Church Hall, 117 Onewa Road, Northcote, Auckland.

Ben has now decided to conduct a second workshop based on feedback, comments and questions received at the first workshop on improvisation held earlier this month.

This workshop will focus on the techniques and elements of improvisation and creativity in music.

Topics that will be covered will include:

Use of blues scales and pentatonics in improvisation
Chord, scale relationships
Compositional techniques
Constructing solos over different types of tunes and musical styles
Practice techniques

The workshop will end with a short concert by Ben and Warren to highlight topics covered at the workshop.

This workshop is open to all ages and players of all instruments. The only requirement is the willingness to learn, explore and share this lifelong journey of discovery with the world.

Ben has conducted many workshops in the past in New Zealand and overseas. He now intends having these for the local community. Everyone is capable of improvisation – if they want to. This workshop will give them an insight into the tools needed to get started on their journey of discovery.

Thank you to Auckland Council Creative Communities Scheme for their support of this workshop

Ben Fernandez MMus, BSc, DCS, PGDMM

Ben Fernandez is a classically trained jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He has a Masters Degree in Music majoring in Jazz performance from the University of Auckland. He also has degrees in Physics, Computer Science and Business Management. Ben has performed at concerts and events in over 25 countries and is an award-winning composer for jingles, TV shows and movies. He has released 8 Albums of his music here in NZ and his music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Youtube etc. Ben is also an educator and teaches music at Pinehurst School, Rangitoto College, Rosmini College, Stella Maris School and St Mary's School. He also conducts regular workshops on improvisation in New Zealand and overseas. (visit or for further details about Ben and his music.

Warren Mendonsa is a guitarist, music producer and educator based in Auckland, NZ. He is a highly sought after recording engineer and session guitarist and has worked on many film soundtracks, advertising jingles. Warren has recorded and produced albums for musicians both in NZ and overseas. He has an instrumental project named 'Blackstratblues' that has a huge following worldwide and has shared the stage with greats such as John Mayall, Billy Gibbons and Midge Marsden.

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