Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring workshop with Ellwood Epps starts April 2nd!

(pour version français:

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 four Wednesday evenings 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 April 2, 9, 16, 23 from 8-10pm.

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 $80. This price includes all four evenings.

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

For info on Ellwood Epps, go to

''A space of sound experimentation, boundary breaking and the bending of preconceived notions ...A great class to step outside the box ''
-Tarek Burgan

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

-Vincent Bergeron

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