Monday, February 10, 2014

2 New Workshops!

Two exciting workshops coming your way:
1. Special 1-night workshop with the one and only Jean Derome, February 19
2. 3 Sunday Workshop beginning February 23

1. Improvisation workshop with Jean Derome (Wednesday February 19 8-10pm):

l'Envers and the Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal present a special workshop with master improviser Jean Derome--one night only!
One of the most active and eclectic musicians on the Canadian creative music scene, Jean Derome has managed to earn the recognition of a larger public, a rare feat in that field. Thanks to his large-scale musique actuelle projects, his compositions, his work as an improviser, his jazz groups and his music for the screen and the stage, Derome ranks as a major creative force, in Québec and abroad...visit to read more about Jean. 
All are welcome, no matter what instrument you play, how long you've been playing, or what style of music you might come from. There is a piano, drumkit, a p.a. and some amplifiers for you to use.
This 2-hour workshop with one of the world's great improvising musicians costs only $25. Jean rarely teaches, so don't miss this opportunity!
To sign up, send an email to

2. Workshop February 23, March 2&9 with Ellwood Epps

Come be part of this exciting ensemble-based workshop where you'll be able to unleash your creative spirit and develop skills as an improvising musician. All are welcome, no matter what instrument you play, how long you've been playing, or what style of music you might come from. This three-day workshop is about playing music together in real time, and the experience you have will be just as important as the music we make together.

Over three Sunday afternoons we'll work on: What is improvisation? How do we get started? What do we listen for? How do we evaluate what we are playing? We'll play, talk, listen, play some more, and we'll make some good music together!

Piano, drums, p.a. and some amplifiers will be provided for you on-site.

Workshop leader trumpeter Ellwood Epps has led the SIM since 2009. He works primarily as an improviser, playing regularly across Canada and the US. He has worked with internationally renowned improvisers including William Parker, Steve Lacy, Lori Freedman, and Henry Grimes, and appears on more than 50 recordings. He has taught and worked with many kinds of students, from age 5 to 75, including beginners, professionals, people with special needs, and in settings including hospitals, jazz festivals, and his own studio.

The dates are February 23, March 2 and March 9 from 1-3pm.

The workshop will be in both French and English, depending on the needs of participants.

To sign up, please send an email to

The cost of the workshop is $60. This price includes all three afternoons.

To watch some videos of SIM's summer concert, follow these links:

For info on Ellwood Epps, go to

'L'atelier à été une très belle expérience dans les fondements même de l'improvisation , l'écoute , la réponse, la sensibilité, les sons etc. Merci encore Ellwood pour cette très belle expérience et pour l' inspiration que nous nous a insuffler durant ces ateliers.'' -Francois Corbeil

''The worshop with Ellwood Epps was a way for me to try something new with my voice.'' 
-Vincent Bergeron

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