A large part of what we do as a band focuses on improvising, but not in the typical sense. Our improv is not based on trading solos, but instead, creating textures, developing motifs, rhythms and morphing and combining different musical genres. This is a great chance for players of all levels and musical influences to learn some different ways to view improvising and communicate musically within a band setting. The workshop will be broken into sections each focusing on one of the main elements of our approach. In the past, we have found that these workshops are suitable for non-musicians as well. Below is an example of some elements that will be discussed
Rhythmic development – partly a percussion workshop, but also how an
improv can develop on a rhythmic level more than on a harmonic or melodic level
where the groove is the most important element. During this section we will
also have an MC sit in to help demonstrate how to accompany spoken word and
Ambient improve – creating textures to help move an improv forward and the use of space and dynamics. More of a classical approach to textures.
The use of themes and motifs in improv – we will be exploring the use of theme and variation in improv.
Stylistic improv and the fusion of different genres
This is also a great opportunity to take a look inside a performing and recording group that has been together for over a decade.