Berklee associate professor and pianist Alon Yavnai presents an interactive workshop which focuses on being "in the moment" when improvising. The workshop explores ideas embodied in this quotation from violinist, composer, poet, teacher, and computer artist Stephen Nachmanovitch: “The heart of improvisation is the free play of consciousness as it draws, writes, paints, and plays the raw material emerging from the unconscious. Such play entails a certain degree of risk.”
Yavnai was born and raised in Israel, where he studied classical and popular music. From 1991-1993, he lived in Costa Rica and played with Paquito D’Rivera. Soon thereafter, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, and in 2001, he beca e an integral member of D’Rivera’s Latin jazz quintet and his jazz chamber trio. He has also played, toured, or recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Joe Lovano, and the Boston Pops, among many others. He has performed for several films and television programs and has appeared as a soloist for numerous renowned orchestras.