Learn how to practice improvisation in a non-genre specific context, alone and in groups, and how to apply those concepts to other idioms. Seattle-based duo Syrinx Effect (Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel) leads off this workshop with a demonstration of techniques and concepts (developing strong motives, introducing contrasting elements and creating an arc within a solo improvisation). Additional topics include effective beginnings and endings and “rules” for interaction, borrowed loosely from Tibetan Buddhist ideas. Prerequisites: at least 1-2 years of dedicated study and basic mastery on your instrument. Bring your instrument.
Naomi Siegel is an educator who performs and records with an array of ensembles including her own projects. She studied jazz trombone at Oberlin Conservatory, and received the 2013 Golden Ear Award from Earshot Jazz for Emerging Artist of the Year. Kate Olson is a saxophonist and woodwind teacher who specializes in free improvisation and electronics.
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