Summer Improv Ensemble

I’m leading two freestyle improv workshops June 22 & 29, 2010. Here’s some of the exercises we’ll practice: WarmupOne sound (from Tom Hall): Going around the group, each player plays a single soundWe can do this with a beat or without. Direct your attention as we do this:1. Pay attention equally to your sound and   Read More...

Improv Class End-of-Semester Wrapup

At the end of my first semester teaching improv class, I am smiling about how much fun it was, despite the very small class. We practiced some great ear-training exercises, like follow the leader by repeating a 4-beat snippet of melody, predictably trickier the less diatonic the melody. Another good drill we liked (which you   Read More...

Improv Class Experiences

This fall I’ve been teaching a class in free improv to two adult students at Lexington Music School, both experienced musicians. We’ve had a lot of fun as we practiced crafting music in the moment. One student is continuing and we’d love to make the class a larger group. If you’re curious, and somewhere northwest   Read More...

Improv with Audio Files and Computers

I heard an interesting concert last Friday. The New England Phonographers Union appeared in the Art Without Borders concert series at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. They each make their own audio recordings of “found sound”, whatever is going on in the world around them. Then, without further editing, maybe just a   Read More...