Improvisational String Ensemble
Offered - Fall, Spring
Course number - ENST-355
An ensemble consisting of a string quartet plus rhythm section. Emphasis will be on ensemble playing skills and improvisational vocabulary in diverse contemporary idioms. Incorporation of standard jazz vocabulary with that of other common improvisational string idioms, such as world/fusion, Western swing, and various traditional styles such as Appalachian- and Texas-style fiddling, Celtic music, and bluegrass. Instrumentation: violins, viola, cello, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, plus optional rhythm section instruments such as hand percussion, mandolin, banjo, etc.
Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Required of: None
Electable by: String, guitar, bass, and hand percussion principals