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Circle Song of Blues Heads

  • Flight Performing Arts 123 South Cayuga Street, Studio 305 Ithaca, NY, 14850 United States (map)

Flight is thrilled to welcome guest Master Teacher, Kim Nazarian


In this 3 hour interactive and joyful Master Class, you will learn the language of scat while you sight read and digest four different Blues melodies ranging in difficulty (and without lyrics). Open to adults and youth ages 12+

This class emphasizes the teaching of instrumentally- influenced syllables to the singer who has never improvised before. Once you have these solid musical ideas floating through your brain, it's a little easier to step out on your own! The trick in this class is getting everyone to subdivide exactly the same, so all four tunes swing simultaneously!

4 lucky singers will then have an opportunity to work with Kim applying these techniques to jazz standards. Contact Ginny ( if you are interested in this incredible opportunity.

Kim Nazarian

Vocalist, Lyricist, Educator, Adjudicator, Clinician, and co-founding member of New York Voices

For the past 30 years Kim Nazarian has been harmonizing  the world over with the New York Voices (NYV). In 2012 Ms. Nazarian was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential Armenian artists, and inducted into her High School’s Hall of Fame. Along with the many recordings Kim has made with NYV, she is proud to be one of the featured voices on Bobby McFerrin’s “VOCAbuLarieS” CD. Another professional highlight is Ms. Nazarian’s collaboration with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald. Kim also enjoys being the lead vocalist for the Latin influenced band El Eco, led by Argentinian drummer, Guillermo Nohejowitz. Their latest CD, "Puerto de Buenos Aires" (Zoho Records) just earned "Album of the Year" by JAZZIZ's Mark Holston. Also, soon to be released in Oct. of 2018 on Zoho, is a project with Gabriel Espinosa, entitled "Nostalgias De Mi Vida". Ms. Nazarian released her own solo CD in Oct. of 2015, called "Some Morning". Her record was met with critical acclaim stating: "This set sets the gold standard for Jazz vocalists" from Midwest Records, Chris Spector; and BEST JAZZ VOCAL CD 2015 from W. Royal Stokes, Jazz Historian and Critic.

In the world of academia, Kim is the Skype/Zoom Jazz Teacher for the Vocal Jazz Majors at Ithaca College; an Artist in Residence at Tri-C Community College (Cleveland), and a regular visiting Artist at BGSU, LeMoyne College, and Moon Township HS. Ms. Nazarian has also made a name for herself in the A Cappella world as she serves on the jury in Graz, Austria for Vokal Total, and has ventured to Korea and China as a judge, as well. Kim has also had the pleasure of conducting the All State Choirs for NY, Ariz., Col., Wash., and soon to added Maine. When not making music, Kim loves to be home in Oberlin, Ohio with her and gardening.

Earlier Event: October 27
Acting for Classical Singers
Later Event: December 8
Caroling on the Commons Pop-Up Choir!