Strategies in Improvisation
A veteran of New York’s ‘Downtown Scene’, Ned Rothenberg has travelled the world, performing improvisation with musicians from Japan, Korea, Africa, India, Tuva (know it?), Europe, and South America. He works in contexts related to Jazz, but also many other folk and classical traditions as well as the European schools of improvisation who call themselves ‘non-idiomatic’. He has taught the ‘avant jazz’ ensembles in the Berklee summer 5-week program for the past 4 years. If you are interested in new creative avenues of spontaneous musical expression please check out 1 or both of these classes. These are prototypes of courses which may be offered as regular Berklee courses in the future.
Please come with your instruments for:
Instant Composer’s Pool at 6-8 pm in 1140 Boylston, room 2Z2:
Instant Composer’s Pool is the name a wonderful Dutch ensemble but this evening it will also be the title of Ned’s ‘Strategies’ ensemble. If you have a hunger to improvise in an open setting bring your sax and join in. Be prepared to work AT the music and WITH your fellow musicians. Ears are at least as important as chops!
Questions to consider: How do we start? How do we make transitions? How do we find endings? There will be focused exercises for each question and some conducting may be used. Also, we will work to develop imaginative ideas how materials associated with certain instruments might be played on others, widening the normal musical roles that instruments can play. The class itself is an improvisation, as where we go will depend on the musical interests and goals of those who attend. Bring open ears and an open mind.