Jazz and improvised music: how is it done?
Q: Do they just make it up as they go along?
A: Yes and no.
In this group we aim to describe to the participants the musical tools and devices used by improvisers. As the Group Conveners are jazz improvisers, we will use jazz tunes and recordings as examples, but most of what we talk about would be available to anyone who wanted to improvise on anything: folk, world, classical, etc. We hope to explain this in a way that can be understood by anyone, with or without a musical training.
We do not expect anyone to be able to read music at the beginning, but by the end you should know a bit about how it is written down, but only as necessary. You just need to be able to hear and count. The hope is that it will help people to listen better, and better understand what is going on when they do, and so get more enjoyment from their musical experiences.
Although we do not expect anyone to play during the sessions (though who knows …?), we will be happy to stay after the main sessions to make music with anyone who would like to, instrumentalists and/or singers.
Group Conveners : Gerry Kennally and Steve Torrance
The Group meets at the Weston Park Bakery (rear room), 85 Weston Park, N8 9PR, fortnightly on Thursdays, 2.15 – 4 p.m.