Saturday, February 22, 2014

Voice as an instrument for improvisers: Workshop with Géraldine Eguiluz

Sunday March 9, 1pm-3pm

This is a workshop for singers and instrumentalists who like to sing! Géraldine Eguiluz will share her unique and dynamic approach to improvising as a vocalist. Come and bring your instruments, your voice, and your spirit for an inspiring and insightful workshop with one of the country's most amazing improvising singers!

Voice of the earth, with echoes of jazz and south-american music, making nymphs and spirits of the ages come to life, it is in the heart of transformation, idioms and languages, people and memories, that Géraldine Eguiluz has created music for the last twenty years.
Mrs. Eguiluz has been on a roll since the late eighties, with ensembles going from solo to chamber orchestras, with the Mexican collectives Tritonia and Bacaanda Multimedia (1996-2003), New York and Canadian ensembles in the last decade: The Kitchen House Blend (2004) Yumbotik Trio (2008) Lafayette String Quartet (2011) Albedo (2009-2011) Firey Strings Company (2013), SEA Trio (2013) Ensemble Arkea (2013). These ensembles have included the likes of Sean Conly, Michaël Attias, Satoshi Takeishi, Isaiah Cecaarelli, Ellwood Epps, Scott Thomson and Yves Charuest.
She works in the experimental, improvisation, musique actuelle and jazz scenes, but her music has the print of latinamerican, afro-american, aboriginal and contemporary sounds. Eguiluz's multidisciplinary collaborations include video, theatre, danse and circus, recorded electronic and multimedia music, but she mostly composes for acoustic instruments. She has produced her own recordings with her group Tritonia in México, and her canadian recordings Time of Light and Rubedo’ ro are soon to be released on the Malasartes Label; both are distributed by,
Eguiluz is currently collaborationg with Montréal's avant-garde musicians like the Joker noise choir, and she concentrates composing and singing for her band Rubedo’ ro, as well as her duo with bassist Stéphane Diamantakiou.
Citizen of the world, Eguiluz was born in México, and grew up in Colombia, Portugal and France, and as a musician, toured Italy, Germany, USA, Cuba, Venezuela and Brasil. She emmigrated to Québec city in 2006 and moved to Montreal in 2011. She has played with well known musicians, but keeps her path on present and on welcoming what is to come. 

The workshop is open to musicians of all backgrounds and levels of experience, and will be taught in French and English. Piano, drums, p.a. and some amplifiers will be provided for you on-site.
The cost of the workshop is $25. To sign up, send an email to

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