LaFrae Sci, an internationally sought composer, drummer and educator who teaches at Jazz at Lincoln Center, who is also a founding teaching member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in N.Y.C. As a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, she has taught master classes and performed in more than 30 countries. This experience led LaFrae to develop and launch the NGO Groove Diplomacy, whose mission is to create youth engagement programs internationally using musical expression as a vehicle to empower, ignite, heal & create mutual understanding.
I taught regularly at JALC for several years, and co – wrote the first jazz curriculum for the Middle school aged student. The experience tightened up my teaching chops and my ability to work with a large ensemble. A big take away is that most middle school students can’t really retain more than 3 main points per teaching session, and guess what…most adults can’t either. I’m at a place where I can freely apply the lessons learned from that experience as a freelance clinician, and in the Artistic Director capacity at my own organization, Groove Diplomacy Inc.
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LaFrae Sci and SHUNGITE play a blend of African American and Siberian folk, jazz, Afro beat, blues with a mix of Siberian throat singing, and instruments – accordion, domra, balalaika – and electronica. They call it electro jazz folk fusion – a new sound in world music. Siberian Sound!