Snap Out Of It: Workshops in Free Improvisation

  • 30.03.11 - 06.04.11
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Full course: &pou...

Snap sessions in Free Improvised Music welcome all levels of musicianship and musicians who are willing to participate in explore and engage in experimental music. Not unlike a walk or a chat with friends free improvised music is a music that does not know its destination at the point of departure, openness to listening, interaction, and the creative process are central to the music we create.

Whether you are new to music playing or a skilled artist looking for a different experience Snap workshop sessions provide opportunities to develop your confidence and skills in creative music making. Freely improvised music will often be tagged as experimental, creative or new music, and although hard to define here are some themes we seek to explore to enable musicians to develop their abilities to simply play a music that is not composed.

  • Attentive listening
  • Risk taking from a position of safety
  • Different Dynamics; different dynamics in music and people present
  • Unlearning mechanical methods of music making
  • Explore technical ability and the creative process.
  • Challenge of simplicity
  • Exploration of composition through improvisation

The ideas, philosophies and compositions of great exponents of free improvised music such as John Stevens, John Cage, Murray Schaffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen will be used as a starting point in each session.

Session Leaders: Phil Morton has 30 years experience in free improvised music and has  been delivering free improvised music workshops for 10 years for SWIM, part of the Liverpool based Frakture organisation. Simon Jones; one of the founding members of sound art group, Noise Club, and one of the leading organisers of Frakture.

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with Frakture to extend the variety and nature of our courses to include experimental and improvised music.

Days: Wednesdays

Times: 7.30-9.30pm

Dates: March; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 April; 6,

Performance: Wednesday April 13th at 8pm

All sessions and the performance take place in the main venue at Band on the Wall.