AYS?! Music Workshop

A music track with the artists of the festival

Once again, “Are You Syncopated?!” offers an immersive experience to express yourself musically with a music workshop. This year we will form only one band to work with two different sets of instructors on early 30’s swing repertoire. The Friday will be led by Nick Rossi & band and Saturday by Marie-Anne Standaert & Shannon Barnett.

Workshop Format

The workshops will provide hands-on music practice as well as the opportunity to hear stories and discuss jazz with some knowledgeable and passionate musicians. It will be divided into morning practical sessions (3 hours) for the band and an afternoon lecture with the same teachers. Some Party Pass holders can also attend the lectures. Application closer to the date, more details soon.

Music workshop participants will also put their learning into practice by jumping on the bandstand and working on their musical expression during late-night jam sessions throughout the festival. There will also be a final presentation of the workshop band on Sunday (TBC).

How to apply?

Registration for the MUSIC PASS will be open from 06.06.2024 to 05.07.2024. There will be an application form. You will receive an email by 15.07.2024 to let you know if there’s a spot available for you. If we have space for you, you will receive a link to complete your purchase and secure your pass.

For any questions please write to masterclass@syncopation.de.


Nick Rossi (guitar), Kamrin Ortiz (sax) & Riley Baker (drums)

Fr. 11.10.2024

Nick Rossi and his Swing Six bandmates Riley Baker and Kamrin Ortiz will explore the building blocks of rhythm in a classical jazz band. They will discuss how the rhythm section evolved from the 1920s to the early 1940s and how the roles of each instrument both changed and stayed the same. With this essential foundation, they will then explore the role rhythm plays throughout the band, both in sections and with individual instruments. Students will gain a better understanding of how and why rhythm is so important to this music and why every musician on the bandstand is responsible for it.

Shannon Barnett

Sa. 12.10.2024

The Australian trombonist and composer Shannon Barnett is currently based in Cologne, Germany, where she holds a position with the WDR Big Band. In 2019, she took up a position as professor of jazz trombone at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany. In 2020 she received the WDR Jazz Award for Improvisation and in 2022 the German Jazz Award in the brass instrument category.
Shannon is an important figure in the jazz scene, performing with renowned jazz musicians such as Vince Mendoza, Ron Carter, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider and Paquito D’Rivera, to name a few. She is also well-versed in traditional jazz repertoire and history, making her a brilliant addition to AYS 2024.

Marie-Anne Standaert

Sa. 12.10.2024

Marie-Anne is becoming a pillar of the swing movement in Europe, always engaging with different audiences, particularly within the swing dance circles. She was the driving force during the Syncopated Sisters Residency where she infused her passion and musical knowledge in the workshop.

Her studies started in social work, but she then pursued jazz trumpet at the Brussels Conservatory. After graduating she received lessons from trumpeters Richard Rousselet and Laurent Blondiau and in classical music from Manu Mellaerts, among others.
Marie-Anne participated in several workshops abroad where she met Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Jeremy Pelt, Avishai Cohen, Kenny Wheeler, Gérard Presencer and Claudio Roditi.
Marie-Anne also teaches jazz brass, jazz ensembles and big band at the Academy in Ghent and the conservatories of Kortrijk, and Lille (France).


11:00 – 14:30
(incl. 30mn break)
Class with Nick Rossi,
Kamrin Ortiz & Riley Baker
Class with Shannon Barnett &
Marie-Anne Standaert
14:30 – 15:30BreakBreak
15:30 – 17:00Lecture (open to some AYS?! participants)Lecture (open to some AYS?! participants)

AYS?! 2022 workshop trailer