Walk. Look. See. Stop. Photograph. Fly!

Variety, not only the spice of life – it’s also one of the most beautiful things about the art form of photography. The number of possible subjects for a photo is almost limitless.  Truly, the sky is the limit, just learn how to fly!

With this being said, we are delighted to show you the wonderful, imaginative and creative world of our photography student – ALAGU.

Want to see more? Feel free to visit Alagu’s new instagram account and watch her progress.

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Ashley aka Ashman DJ

ashman dj

I am Ashley aka Ashman DJ… I am a Dance Music Dj/Producer and Tutor of Dj’ing & Controllerism at artpeggios in London. 

My instrument: Turntables / CDJs / Native Instruments – Traktor S2 (Controller)

The class I teach is a weekly Dj class using the industry leading Traktor dj software and Traktor Kontrol S2 hardware by Native Instruments. More info about the class: http://www.artpeggios.com/programme-and-fees/music-tuition/dj-and-electronic-music

My website: http://www.ashmandj.com 

Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

I have been dj’ing for over 10 years now and my journey has taken me through music production, live performance, radio presenting/hosting and now teaching: which I really enjoy. I was introduced to artpeggios by a good friend of mine who is also a teacher here. I have taken part in events which Artpeggios has held such as their Student Concert and I am dedicated to working towards constantly improving the dj course for all students.

How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your students your knowledge?

I believe my teaching methods will naturally evolve and develop over time as I gain more students and these new groups are both diverse in terms of their musical preferences and background. Also as my students become more knowledgeable and skilled in what they are doing they will require more deeper insight and instruction into all the finer points of mixing/dj’ing. The great thing about teaching a course like the DJ Class is that the subject matter is alot wider than people think and it has alot of historical and cultural context which comes with it also, so there is always something new to learn and discover… and of course coupled with the fact that the music scene is always changing as time moves on and new superstar dj’s and artists arise, this makes it a really exciting and informative programme to be involved in! Also, as new technology is made available it will definitely change the way dj’ing using controllers is taught.

What is your aim as a teacher?

My aim as a teacher is always to ensure that my lesson is productive and that my students come away from the class having learned new skills; gained some valuable knowledge about their specialist area of interest; experimented with and expanded their creative abilities; collaborated, communicated and worked well with each other and last but by no means least: had FUN!!! 🙂

Why Artpeggios?

Artpeggios is cool, colourful, vibrant, creative and full of energy. The students and teachers are all passionate about what they do and are able to reach their full creative potential through expert guidance & tuition,  hard work & practice, being imaginative and having fun! The school also has great resources and facilities… in fact some of the best I have seen anywhere in London.

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

I am a Londoner and I love London. There is always so much to see and do here and you can never get bored of the place. I see London as one of the main focal points for music in the UK (especially Dance and Electronic music) so I am lucky to live and teach here!

Other activities – I am a busy guy I guess… other music related activities I am involved in include: music production (either in the artpeggios studio or in my own at home), releasing and promoting my music, making new mixes/podcasts/cd’s and working on launching my own record label.

Do you perform in London or anywhere else?

I have been dj’ing in London (at various clubs, bars, private parties and on the radio) and other parts of the UK for many years now and the last couple of years I was privileged to be a resident dj at a well known London based gym called GYMBOX.

Your favorite artists:

my record collection is actually very eclectic and diverse… I have to say though that my favourite records are those from artists such as: Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Miles Davis, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Omar, Soul2Soul… I guess being a child of the 80’s explains this! Some of my current favourite UK artists include the likes of recent Mercury Music Prize nominees & winners: James Blake, Disclosure, Dizzee Rascal, Jessie Ware and Katy B.

Agnès Dargent – Art teacher

Agnes Dargent

Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

Thanks to my varied interest and training I teach observational drawing, various painting techniques and Photoshop. I like to reference my lessons to history of art too. We’ve got a lot to learn from the Masters!

What is your aim as a teacher?

I want my students to gain the confidence to be creative. I believe that anyone can draw or paint if they have an interest in it. I’ve got lots of exercise and ideas to get them there! 

Why Artpeggios?

Being French but having lived in London for nearly 10 years I enjoy teaching in both languages and give my students the opportunity to learn in their native language.

Your favorite artists:

I like artists who work with colours like Delacroix, Van Gogh, Rothko or Kapoor and I’m always impressed with Picasso, Manet or Daumier drawings.

 

 

Emilie Perraudeau – Drama teacher

Emilie

Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

Working for Artpeggios is a real pleasure, It brings Drama Class in West London. And It’s great to do class in the Bahvan Theatre.

How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your students your knowledge?

As director and performer, it was important to me to share my skills and experiences. It’s so great when I see the students create their on show. We work on different material as the mime, impro, novels , plays or also film scenes.  For me it’s important to find our own way to tell a story. I love share my passion about drama and art.

What is your aim as a teacher?

My main objective is for the students to have fun! And later on to enjoy the artistic creation and how we can express emotions through text and characters.  The important word in drama is “sharing”.

Why Artpeggios?

I have had chance to be asked to work for Artpeggios. I think it’s great for the french community to have this king of cultural center where everyone could do an artistic activity.

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

I came to work in London 5 years ago. I have created my own production company “The Art FabriC” and I am working as freelance stage director and drama teacher. I am also part of the French British Improvisation (FBI) as director and performer. I am also a writer (plays, short stories and comics books).

Do you perform in London, or anywhere else?

I do sometimes work in Paris or in France with the FBI but I am based in London.

Your favorite artists:

I have so many… Probably Miranda Hart for her british humor, and Jean Luc Lagarce for his plays.

 

Cassandra Mathews – Guitar teacher

cassandra MathewsI work part time for Artpeggios and enjoy my role within the school in teaching individual lessons in a variety of styles.  Before coming to Artpeggios I had mainly taught classical guitar, but working here has enabled me to explore other approaches to teaching guitar.  This has been through teaching my students to play songs that they are familiar with, such as those in the charts and teaching enjoyment of the instrument in this way.

My ultimate aim as a teacher is to promote enjoyment of making music and to develop innate musical capabilities in my students.  Artpeggios is a great place to teach because it offers me the chance to teach from a fixed location so that I am not forced to travel all over London, as well as the fact that their facilities are fantastic and very well organised.  Obviously, it helps to be in the great location of central London as there are so many opportunities to perform both for myself and my students.

As well as teaching, I am a fully functional performer and often perform in venues and churches around London either solo or with violinist Sean Riley.

My favourite artists are an eclectic mix that ranges from Marcin Dylla (classical guitarist), Deftones (alternative rock) to London Elektricity (drum and bass)…if it is of high quality musicianship, I’ll enjoy it!

 

Alessandro Riccardi – Drum teacher

Alessandro Riccardi

Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

I see myself as a qualified drum teacher with a lot of students organizing masterclass, rhythm courses with a bass player and a guitar player and group lessons like clinics.

How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your students your knowledge?

From when I started I changed the method a lot, every student is unique and I cannot follow an academic approach with everybody.

What is your aim as a teacher?

My aim as a teacher is to inspire the student as a role model and have a lot of fun with them while they grow up as a musicians.

Why Artpeggios?

Artpeggios is a great school brand new, shiny, clean, with a lot of class a lot of teacher and a lot of activity to do, plus is in a very nice area!

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

I came to London 2 years ago to follow my dream to become an established musician, I teach and play drums as much as I can, I try to keep myself busy playing and meeting other people.

Do you perform in London, or anywhere else?

I perform in London regularly in small and big venue, but also outside London in small theaters and pubs.

Your favorite artists:

They change from time to time really, I remember growing up listening to Metallica but also to Sting, Police, John Mayer, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton and many others.

 

Cristina Rubio – Singer

Cristina RubioVision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

From the very first day I had a very good feeling about Artpeggios. The very professional staff and superb facilities they have allows us teachers to just focus on passing on the knowledge to our students, knowing that we can use the best resources available, like recording or using microphones/keyboards so that the student can get a real understanding of how to sing and use the sound equipment in a professional way from the beginning.

How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your students your knowledge?

Working at Artpeggios is challenging in one way or another every day. I encounter new students regularly, of different ages, levels and styles, so I tailor every lesson for each individual to develop his own sound, recognise what aspects of their singing might need more focus and give them plenty of tools to work on it. It’s really fulfilling to see how everybody is improving so much already!

What is your aim as a teacher?

The most important thing for me is that the student understands his/her instrument: how to breathe properly, to take care of their voices and to develop a good intonation amongst others.
As singers, we don’t have any “buttons” to press or keys to play when we want to sing a note, so I focus on aural training as well as singing technique to help my students develop their ears as well as their voices.

Why Artpeggios?

Artpeggios has a really friendly and understanding environment, which is the first reason why every teacher is happy to work here! I also love the fact that all the students in the school are very musical, so it’s a pleasure to teach people that really want to learn.

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

London is just one of the most vibrant cities to work in! As a musician, you get inspired by so many artists, and the work opportunities expand to all Europe too when a project is succesful. I will definitely be here for the foreseable future as long as I can keep doing music full-time.
As well as teaching at Artpeggios, I lead Pop/Soul and advanced Jazz Singing workshops at The Institute, and adult-learning university in East Finchley. Random facts: I’m also training to run my first half-marathon next year!

Do you perform in London, or anywhere else?

I perform regularly in London and UK mainly, although I get to perform around Europe with some other projects too. Last year I toured Brazil with my band for two months and next Spring I will also be in New York for a few days, working on my debut album, which will come out in 2014.

Your favorite artists:

I love all kinds of music really! The singers that probably have most influenced me are Eva Cassidy, Erykah Badu, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin… Any soulful artist that really means what he/she sings, I can never get enough of those!

Jovana Backovic – Composer, Pianist, Singer

JovanaJovana Backovic is a composer, pianist and singer with main interest in work, electroacoustic music and music improvisation mediated by technology. Her music history features two studio releases with electronic/folk duo ArHai with whom she regularly performs in Uk and Europe ( including Balkans ) as well as several scores for feature and documentary movies. ArHai has been generously supported with Arts Council Grants For the Arts.

Jovana’s current research lies within the field of electro-acoustic music and live improvisational performance – exploring and mapping the process of the creation and development of individual music identity through improvisation and the use of technology, which is the main subject of her PhD thesis.

Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

I see myself as musically open-minded individual, and I believe in combining different approaches to teaching – since every pupil is different,  it is important not only to balance the expectations and ability, but also to adjust to every student and help them to find their own way to musical expression.

How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your student your knowledge?

Firstly,I try to approach every student as a new experience and a new challenge, but the aim is always the same: to deliver an engaging and exciting lesson which will inspire them to practice and work themselves. This involves constant learning of new music, new approaches, but the crucial factor is being excited and engaged with the particular music myself while teaching.  Secondly, it is important to follow and respect student’s taste in music as well as initiating him/her in music that they haven’t been exposed to, therefore hopefully opening new musical horizons.

What is your aim as a teacher?

To develop inherited musicality in each student and help them approach the musicianship as exciting and worth while in a long run.

Why Artpeggios?

Artpeggios is the institution that combines supportive environment with all the musical and latest technological tools to help an enthusiastic teacher to do his work with maximum efficiency.

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

If a person is an ambitious musician, London is the city to live in. Aside from teaching, I’m currently focusing on finishing PhD thesis in music composition and working on my own compositions that will be premiered in the 2014/2015 music season.

Do you perform in London or anywhere else?

In London mostly, then on the Balkans and Europe.

Your favorite artists:

 listen to artists/bands that belong to many different genres, so the list is long.
My favourite composers are mostly people writing scores for films, some of them are: Basil Poledouris, Michael Nyman, Myshael Danna.
Favourite atists/bands vary from different music eras and genres, some of them:  Tool ( metal ), Japan ( pop/electronica ) Dzihan & Kamien ( electronica/dub ) Meshell Ndegeocello ( funk/soul ), Peter Murphy ( alt-rock/glam rock, nu-jazz ) Trilok Gurtu ( world music/ethnic jazz ) and veterans like U2 and my favourite funk/soul/jazz artist Prince!

Arctic Monkeys in Paris

Arctic Monkeys Concert in Paris Last week I’ve been to the concert of Arctic Monkeys in Paris. Too bad the concerts in London were sold out because seeing them at the O2 Arena would have been amazing.Never mind, the concert was still awesome at the Zénith of Paris. The first song to play was “Do I wanna know” from their last Album “AM”. Alex Turner, the singer, arrived on stage in a cloud of smoke and applauded by a full room.

During almost 2 hours, Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders played their best songs in front of their fans. Several fans around me were singing all the lyrics with Alex Turner, and when “I bet you look good on the dancefloor” was performed, all the girls began to sing together.  The recall was amazing and during all the concerts, the lighting effects were in harmony with the songs, creating a great atmosphere for all the fans.

Arctic Monkeys are a music group from Sheffield, founded in 2002. They released 5 albums and received 5 Brit Awards.

Now on Tour, almost all the concerts are sold out, but they will be headlining T in The Park in 2014 in Kinross in Scotland over the weekend of 11th-13th July.

Finsbury Park Tickets are also available on Arctic Monkeys website for their show with Tame Impala, Miles Kane and Royal Blood on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th May 2014.

If I have to give you one advice, put good shoes to enjoy their concert and dance around!

Performance

Artpeggios is a bilingual school that provide a variety of drama course both in French and English for everybody. Our asset is our Magic course. Our students can learn how to amaze their friends with magic tricks.

At Artpeggios we want our students to learn while having fun. They need to see those courses as a way to develop their life and not as an obligation.