Exploring the nature and practice of free musical improvisation as a duo in zoom break out rooms.
The Blank Canvas Septet - Manchester will play free improvisation in music using `System 5050`. A full description of System 5050 is available via a link displayed lower down.
The phrase `septet` is a label, not a numerical description, the ensemble may feature between 7-16 players. The `Septet` is not linked to the Blank Canvas Octet. the Octet is a different ensemble.
The target number is a contact list of 21 names, this large number is required due to the complexity and density of modern lifestyles, to have 7 people present in a room on an agreed day, we need an extended, starting list of 21
Phil Morton proposition is that: System 50:50 is the go to tool for developing free improvisation in larger numbers, say over 7 improvisers, and this disposes with the need of other external referntial strategies such as: conduction, graphic scores, game strategies, contemporary composition techniques. More on that another time.
Time lines and history: The Septet , there have been nine rehearsals in Blue Print studios. The project was set to move to Peer hat in March 2020 with a view to more regular sessions - weekly being the target -when COVID-19 arrived to put a stop to those plans.
Phil Morton, the curator of the sessions, suggests it will longer rather than sooner till we can meet in The Peer Hat, there may not be a post COVID-19 lifestyle, Whilst we await developments the Blank Canvas Septet will be online using the web application zoom. Please be aware that another ensemble `The Blank Canvas Octet` has sbeen meeting since May every week on zoom: the Octet is a rewarding and successful project.
All levels of ability and experience are welcome.
Due to the fact that improvisers from other countries can and will participate in The Blank Canvas Septet when it is `online` there may need to be a policy to maintain the `Manchetser:UK` attribute of the description.
Mondays 19.00 GMT, on the following dates, interested? complete the form below, in the name of event / project box please enter Blank Canvas Septet
There will reviews every six weeks. The `review` and zoom meeting is an opportunity to share our thinking about the `The Septet` and to plan a future.
a detailed summary is here: CLICK THIS LINK
To express an interest:in the Blank Canvas Septet - Manchester:UK please complete the form below
or Contact Phil Morton: firstname.lastname@example.org :
UK: mobile 07999518582
System 50/50 works well - it’s a really good way to get a group to play effectively without egos , virtuosity , and shyness getting in the way. It is democratic, inclusive. coherent, leaderless, focused, there is room to think and time to listen, choices. It is less competitive more cooperative. Ends well. Simon Ross (Macclesfield), Blank Canvas - Liverpool
On system 50:50 “Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so "open". The openness allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” - Charlie Collins Sheffield
It seems to me that any attempt to restrict what free improvisers play, presents a threat to the core nature of their music. Generally, 'To play or not play' is about as far as any predetermination can productively go, the player retaining (almost!) complete formal agency regarding when and what(s)he decides to play - Dan Goren Oxford Improvisers
The Listening room presents two Trios a `live stream` on YouTube usually on a Friday, frequency every two weeks
This is an open call for an act - preferably a trio or duo or even solo - to contribute and collaborate,
Due to the pandemic situation and the lack of professional perspective, i'm organizing private virtual masterclass. Please, fell free to share the infos to all the people or institutions that could be interested. Many thanks !
TUSK Virtual 2020 will/did take place online from September 28 to October 11.
The Gathering free improvisation sessions are continuing via www.zoom.us - every Monday at 8:30pm until we can start meeting again in person. All welcome!
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