Steve Reich and John Cage Ensemble

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Steve Reich and John Cage Ensemble



This new course explores the rhythm-based music of 20th-century composers Steve Reich and John Cage. It’s a perfect fit for all instrumentalists and vocalists who read rhythm notation and want to develop their rhythm skills and musical range through this unique repertoire. Keyboardists and percussionists are especially welcome. Pieces will include Reich’s classic body percussion composition, Clapping Music. Other pieces may include excerpts from John Cage’s Living Room Music, and Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas (transcribed for keyboards as needed), Music for Pieces of Wood (played on claves), Six Pianos, or related repertoire. Prerequisites: ability to read rhythm notation.

Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
4/10 – 6/5 (9 weeks)
Jennifer Jolly • $375

The Jazzschool offers numerous performance ensembles for beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumentalists and vocalists. Students are placed in ensembles by audition and requirements may include the following: playing selected scales; playing and/or improvising over a piece of your choice; improvising over a 12-bar blues or other pieces provided at the audition; and sight-reading. Drummers are asked to play various grooves and solo; bassists are asked to play bass lines.

New Jazzschool ensemble students: To apply for an ensemble please fill out the ensemble application form. Once your application form has been received you will be contacted to schedule an audition.

Students who have previously been enrolled in Jazzschool ensembles: Please also fill out the ensemble application form. An audition may not be required depending on which ensemble(s) you are applying for.

Please click here for ensemble audition guidelines.