About 'Beyond Vocals'
ABOUT Beyond Vocals
Beyond Vocals is a platform and community for aspiring singers, led by professional musicians from around Europe and set up by award-winning vocalist Emilia Martensson (SWE/UK/SLO). Beyond Vocals facilitates ongoing 121 vocal tuitions aimed at singers interested in deepening their understanding of Jazz/Folk/Contemporary/Improvised Music.
Beyond Vocals also focuses on creating inspiring and creative opportunities and experiences for singers, including regular workshops, masterclasses, recording opportunities, and open mic sessions. (Primarily in London and online). Beyond Vocals hosts an annual Jazz Summer Course in Izola, on the coast of Slovenia, aimed at singers of an intermediate-advanced level. Izola also sets the scene for the annual 'Beyond Vocals Festival,' a festival that celebrates vocal music from all around the world and hosts a program of a wide variety of seminars, masterclasses, and workshops, as well as live performances.
Other vocal focused projects from the platform are directed and aimed at wellbeing, creativity, and creative healing through artist retreats, workshops, and courses that aim towards connection with oneself and others and towards creating opportunities for people to meet and explore communication, empathy, vulnerability/being exposed, staying present and open, having the courage to make mistakes and to build confidence through working on vocal expression, performance, and improvisation.
Workshops, retreats, and masterclasses participants are primarily aimed at women and men from age 18+ who are interested in singing and performing whilst enhancing their creativity through the jazz approach. 121 lessons are aimed at all ages.
Emilia Mårtensson is a London based Swedish/Slovene vocalist and composer of considerable repute. After her three latest album releases, Emilia has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting vocalists on the UK Jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted within the folklore and countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.
Emilia is a regular performer at some of Europe’s leading venues and festivals and has appeared at The London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Sunset Sunside in Paris, Fasching in Stockholm, Ljubljana Jazz Festival, and The Love Supreme Jazz Festival in the UK to name just a few.
Emilia has provided her Beyond vocals projects to high profile festivals such as The London Jazz Festival, Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Sligo Jazz Festival, and Cambridge Jazz Festival. Emilia has over 15 years of experience teaching singing and musicianship and she is frequently the external examiner at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music. Emilia is currently the Jazz/Pop tutor at Southampton University, where she has been teaching for the past three years.
ABOUT Emilia Mårtensson
A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM EMILIA:
I started Beyond Vocals in 2013 with the aim to create a community and platform for singers with an interest in
Jazz and Improvised music.
I am proud to have built up a beautiful and committed community of approximately 300 singers from all over the world through my regular Jazz Vocal Summer Courses and Vocal Festival in Slovenia and through my ongoing workshops and open mic sessions in London.
I view Jazz as an approach to music, an approach that has a lot to teach us about becoming better musicians. It teaches us about empathy and how to stay present and connected, how to communicate with others, and how to make musical decisions within the moment, always with the aim to create something new and exciting in each of our performances. These skills are precious and relevant to all genres of music.
I would love to hear from you and invite you to the 'Beyond Vocals' community. Please subscribe to my newsletters to stay in touch and learn about new upcoming events.
Lots of love/Emilia <3
'It can still be pretty rare to find someone at the top of their game as an artist and musician, who is able to communicate and share their insight and depth of knowledge: someone, who seems genuinely dedicated to bringing out the absolute best in each person, wherever they are currently at in their musical journey, with so much energy, professionalism, and heart felt honesty and wisdom.
The way she taught us, as individual voices, within a beautifully held, supportive group space, touched me deeply, as well as helping to develop many concrete new skills, in a very short time. Each day was filled with a mixture of warmth, practical guidance, discipline and precision, fun, hard work, creative imagination, and a lot of humanity'. -Malka
"The course took me from amateur to being able to perform in a professional manner, in less than a week. Emilia was professional, creative, and incredibly supportive of all her students on the course, getting to know each of us individually and developing us in our own direction. Best thing I've ever done in my life" -Alice
"I have learned about things I wasn't expecting to learn about. The warmth of the environment encouraged me to push myself to try new things. It has more than met my expectations." -Nell