MUSIC lovers had a field day recently when Fritz Renold, a Swiss saxophonist, composer, bandleader, teacher and festival director, conducted a two-day clinic at the International College of Music (ICOM) in Kuala Lumpur, covering topics such as “Improvising in the bebop idiom”.
ICOM students were randomly picked from the audience to participate with Renold in the lively two-hour sessions.
Renold, a Berklee College of Music graduate, had earned the Quincy Jones Award and a full sponsorship with advanced placement, with three big scores – Take the A-train, Thus spoke Zarathustra, and Blues for Susy.
Since then, he has thrived in the international music community at Berklee’s, even serving as its first Swiss faculty member.
Renold has also performed with well-known musicians such as Bob Berg, Benny Golson, Randy Brecker and Johnny Hodges. His compositions have been performed by Benny Golson’s All-Star Big Band, the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra and Aargauer Jugend Jazz Orchestra.
The clinic is the first of a weekly series of music clinics and workshops for ICOM students by key players in the music industry.
ICOM offers internationally recognised degree programmes, certificate courses, specialist workshops and master’s classes in music. Enrolment for the September intake is now open.