The particularity of Kreiz Breizh Akademi lies in the fact that it is based on the transmission of modal music interpreting rules (scale, rhythm, variation) and on Breton music.
The language used in the songs is Breton language in its local variants (like in “kan ha diskan” and “gwerzioù”).
The three main goals of the program are:
To teach musical techniques based on modal understanding; to develop skills around composition, improvisation, arrangement methods and orchestra playing; and to learn stage techniques.
KBA offers three-year courses including a 12-month training program followed by a 24-month support in professional practice through album production and concerts.
KBA membersIn 2011, the KBA has 12 full members
To become a full member of Kreiz Breizh Akademi, candidates must first go through a selection process. During previous KBA teaching classes, 30 candidates applied for the first one, and 50 for the second. For the fourth Collective, 63 people put forward their candidature.
In 2009/2010, twelve musicians and singers took part in the third Collective, attending the whole three years training.
Members were unemployed people, artists, employees such as music teachers, events professionals and workers in the cultural sector.
In order to be selected for the collective, candidates must meet the criteria, especially that of age (20 to 30 years old), proven musical techniques, and the future member’s degree of commitment (who has to be available for 36 months).
Specific goals are set according to each profile:
To improve employability of the “new entrants” on the labour market. To contribute to the building of a clear professional identity. To strengthen the skills of the professional musicians. To enrich musical know-how and cultural knowledge. To master the legal and professional environment of the music sector.
In addition to the full members, KBA opens its doors to:
auditors who can have access to the Master class and to the teaching workshops in KBA. These auditors are, for instance, people who wish to become full members of the collective but who cannot for various reasons (unavailability during the next two years, for example).
occasional members who have access to the Master class.