Friday, May 9, 2014

2 Workshops! Lori Freedman (May 31) and FREE JAZZ! (June 14-29)

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The Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal offers two workshops to heat up your summer: a one-afternoon improvisation workshop with master clarintettist and improviser Lori Freedman, and a 4-afternoon (plus concert) Free Jazz workshop with renowned trumpeter Ellwood Epps.

(Scroll down for info on the Free Jazz Workshop)

Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal presents a workshop with master clarinettist and improviser
Lori Freedman

The workshop will focus on Lori's unique insights into group improvisation. Lori is an experienced teacher and brings an exciting energy to her teaching. The workshop is open to musicians of all styles and skill levels and is offered in French and English.

Conspicuously described as “a musical revolutionary,” she is known internationally as one of the most provocative and creative performers in the field of contemporary music. Her work includes concert repertoire, improvised and electroacoustic music, and she frequently collaborates with dance, theatre and visual artists.

Saturday May 31 1pm-3pm 
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The Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal presents an intensive workshop on

Saturdays: June 14, 21, 28 
+ Concert Sunday June 29 at 8pm 

Over 3 Saturday afternoons we'll dive into some serious music (Ayler, Coleman, Coltrane, Cherry and more) and some serious questions: is Free Jazz a style? A kind of repertoire? A period of jazz history? Is it the same as 'improvised music' or 'noise'?

Workshop leader Ellwood Epps has worked with some of the music's masters: William Parker, Steve Lacy, Marshall Allen, Joe McPhee and Henry Grimes to name a few. He will be happy to share the musical, philosophical, political and spiritual insights gained during a lifetime of working in creative music with wonderful humans like these.

Through exercises, discussions, and lots of PLAYING, we'll be aiming to make our own music happen!

To top it all off, the ensemble will perform together at one of Montreal's most important Loft spaces, in the Free Jazz tradition. (Sunday June 29, 8pm)

The workshop is open to musicians of intermediate and advanced skills. Extensive jazz experience or reading NOT necessary. All instruments welcome. Drums and piano provided on-site. The workshop is offered in French and English.

Sign up now, space is very limited!

Special price! $60 if prepaid by June 9 (non-refundable)
After June 9, cost is $75 ($25 non-refundable to reserve, and the ballance on first day of workshop)

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The Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal was founded in 2009 and has presented many workshops taught by: Jean Derome, Henry Grimes, Lévy Bourbonnais, Lori Freedman, Géraldine Eguiluz, et Ellwood Epps.