Centrifuge Trio Online - exploring the nature and practice of free improvisation in trios August 2021

Session design: This series that is called Trio! is an online, telematic project hosted by zoom. Numerically there will be between 6 and twelve participants



Taking advantage of `zoom breakout room` the session will proceed as a series of trios. Each trio is in a `breakout room` that is a separate online space. There is no audience.

The proposed duration of each trio is 6-8 minutes. If there are 12 participants there will be a number of trios in different `break out` rooms happening at the same time. After each trio the participants change partners either by design or randomly, then another trio takes place. This repeats until the session ends.

The participants may be strangers, or neighbours.

This format `trios` is delivered by a schedule of alternate months, it rotates with its sister session `Click! exploring free improvisation in a duo`. It is expected that at some point an improviser may not know which room they are in.

Centrifuge -Trio! The dates August 2021

  • 13.08.2021 at 19.00 BST, this happened and was very enjoyable too.
  • 27.08.2021 at 19.00 BST, this is on schedule to happen, regulars will notified, newcommers? go to the registration tab to register your interest.

Trio extra! The dates August 2021

  • event & start time yet to be conirmed

Session content: Four or more trios per session. Lasting between 4-8 minutes.
Target number of participants: 12, minimum number 6
Genre: free improvisation (music)
Criteria: In the absence of shared criteria regarding free improvisation this project starts with the following: Improvisers who have experience of free improvisation over an extended period of time, and who have a level of composure and competency. There is no audition. It is not an open door policy.
Recruitment: The starting point is the Centrifuge & System 5050 contact list: and an online open call.

Launch: The Click sessions started in November 2020.
Dates & times to be decided by the participants.
Frequency: Every two weeks on a Friday. "Click Extra" sessions happen, when required or desired.

Proposed by: Phil Morton
Promoter: Centrifuge
Online host: Zoom.
Online presence: Improvisers networks online website.

Fee for participation. The trial period is free. A fee of £3.00 per month may be introduced at a later date.

The speculation: that the downside of zoom, as an online experience is the potential disappointment of the sound quality or zoom's inability to manage multiple instrumental `voices` . The speculation is that this minimized when the content is a trio. There is only one feed of one instrumental voice into one’s location. 

The Names

Martin Hackett
Paul Medley
Camilla cancantata
Guillermo Torres
Clayton Jackson
Nick branton
Garfield Southall
Geoff Bright
Gill Whitely
Dominic Lash
John Jasnoch
Lyn Hodnett
Bruce Coates
Phil Morton
Chris Parfitt
Walt Shaw

Criteria for participation

The criteria for participation in Trio! follows that of the Centrifuge project.
If you have already registered with Centrifuge, you should have received the invites and documents.
The Centrifuge criteria for Centrifuge -Trio! is listed : CLICK HERE to view
Reminder: if your experience does not match the criteria, you can still apply, we just need to have another conversation.


An audio file, an example

Gillian Whitely (Sheffield) on keyboard and Martin Hackett (oxford) Korg ms



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