Tag Archives: improvisation

Mission Eye & Ear: Live Improvised Music with Short Experimental Films

Music graduate student Dina Maccabee writes in:

Wesleyan undergraduate and graduate musicians will join San Francisco composer Lisa Mezzacappa for the Wesleyan Edition of her ongoing series Mission Eye & Ear. Players form small ensembles to create live scores, on the spot, alongside short experimental films. Presented by Experimental Music Group.

Date: Monday, November 24th
Time: 8:00pm
Place: CFA Hall
FACEBOOK EVENT

Experimental Music Group presents: Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures

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From the one and only Ben Zucker ’15:

Adam Rudolph, a renowned worldly percussionist, leads his band Moving Pictures in his unique system of conducted improvisation. Come to Crowell Hall at 8PM this Thursday, April 10, for this free public concert!

Experimental Music Group (EMG) Members – a mix of Wesleyan undergraduates and grad students – will join the ensemble for the second set.

There will also be a workshop in Rehearsal Hall 001 from 4 to 6 PM, during which Adam Rudolph will teach his techniques.

More info on the Facebook event page.

DATE: Thursday, April 10
TIME: 4-6 PM workshop; 8-9:30 PM concert
PLACE: workshop in Rehearsal Hall 001 (in the music studios); concert at Crowell Concert Hall

New Teen Force IMPROV AUDITIONS

This is the photo Google gave me when I searched “improv auditions.” NEW TEEN FORCE.

Lauren Langer ’16 is EXCITED for NEW TEEN FORCE. NEW TEEN FORCE. One more time. NEW TEEN FORCE.

Just when you thought auditions were over…

NEW TEEN FORCE is having AUDITIONS
NEW TEEN FORCE is a long-form free-form IMPROV GROUP
NEW TEEN FORCE will be in the NICS LOUNGE on:

SATURDAY the 14th from 12-2pm and
SUNDAY the 15th from 6-8 pm

No experience or preparation necessary!

Date: Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Time: 12–2 PM on Saturday, 6–8 PM on Sunday
Place: Nics Lounge
Cost: Free
NEW TEEN FORCE

Tonight: Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star:” A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone

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Mickey Capper ’13 reminded me to post about this. Here’s the blurb from the official Facebook page for this event:

Born and raised in San Francisco—the home of the Grateful Dead—Professor of Music Graeme M. Boone attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Universite de Paris, and Harvard University, where he taught before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Following an overview of the band’s early history and style, Dr. Boone’s talk includes the showing of a “mandala movie” which helps elucidate the Dead’s open-ended song “Dark Star,” conveying a holistic, organic analysis of the tune, and incorporating every salient element in the extended, psychedelically evocative improvisations of its first 150 recorded performances.

With lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia, “Dark Star” can cover a broad spectrum of moods and musical ideas—incorporating anything from R&B cover songs to outer-space apocalypse—but the attentive listener can also hear lines of force binding the jams together: structuring devices, strategies, and trajectories that direct each improvisation and also serve as fundamental guideposts. An animated movie with changing colors and annotations follows two specific performances of the song, recorded in London on 4/8/72 and 5/23/72 during the band’s European tour that spring (the original 16-track analog tapes of the entire Europe ’72 tour were remixed, mastered in HDCD format, and released by the band in 2011).

New Teen Force Improv Comedy Show in Nics Lounge

From Lauren Langer ’16:

Feel guilty about not going to the gym this week? Want to work out but don’t actually want to move? Well laughing burns 1.3 calories per minute!

So come on down (or up?) to the Nics Lounge this Saturday from 8-9pm to burn a whole 78 calories!

New Teen Force is Wesleyan’s only long-form free-form improv group, and we’re putting on a show to help you get in shape just in time for bikini season! Featuring stand-up by Mike Matthews! It’s going to get comical, so be sure to apply generous amounts of deodorant!

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Nics Lounge
Cost: Free

Survey: Classical Musicians and Improvisation

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Nathan Shane ’13 wants to pick your brain about music:

If you have learned classical music at some point in your life, or you are learning it now, then please take this survey! By conducting this survey, I hope to gather information for my undergraduate thesis, the topic of which is improvisation in classical music education. I will ask you questions about your music education, music in your life today, and your thoughts on improvisation. If you have 30 minutes, I would appreciate your participation a lot!

Here’s the link to the survey.

Contact: nwshane(at)wes
Deadline: February 28