Large ensemble and collaboration workshops begins with the inception of an ensemble of individuals and develops through collaboration to a full public performance. This is a laboratory that explores group collaboration, large ensemble improvisation (structured, conducted and free), egalitarian group dynamics consensus decision-making, and communication skills. Discussions can include the implications of improvisation, collaboration and active listening from everyday life to global political dynamics. It is open to anyone with these genuine interests regardless of age, language skills, perceived artistic abilities.
The workshop can be presented in one of two ways (both are open to everyone regardless of their experience with collaboration and/or the arts):
1. Focus primarily on music
2. Focus on multi-disciplinary collaborations. Open to dancers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, actors and fine artists and more.
Participants will leave the workshop with a greater ability to work collaboratively with others and to see their own ideas and projects through to their full realization. This practicum is specifically designed to empower individuals long after it has finished.
Utilizing everyday sound sources, found objects and objects that already naturally exist in the space, the workshops also incorporate voices, traditional musical instruments, non-traditional instruments and ambient sounds that are occurring outside of the group and everything possible that we discover as an ensemble throughout the process.
Overall, the emphasis is not necessarily on individual creativity but on the ability to listen and collaborate with others. This workshop encourages participation by anyone regardless of their musical experience, age, or language. Most importantly, the workshops develop organically from the input of the participants, a natural progression, a structured improvisation of its own…
Individual piano lessons
Active listening meditations/walks
Workshops on traveling/touring
My mom was a piano teacher in the home and I grew up with lessons and piano music in the house, 6 days a week, hour after hour. When I was 13, I began teaching as well, taking on the overflow of students my mom's schedule couldn't accommodate. Teaching music is the family trade and I'm continuing this through my workshops.
I have been collaborating and improvising since childhood, working/playing with a wide array of musicians, dancers, filmmakers, writers and painters.
o Jazzores Festival - Ponta Delgada, The Azores - Portugal
o CalArts - Santa Clarita, CA - USA
o Fylkingen - Stockholm, Sweden
o Orquesta Libertad - Oaxaca, Mexico
o Music Conservatory - Thessoloniki, Greece
o Portland State University - Portland, OR - USA
o The Shed - Dublin, Ireland
o Trasporti Marritimi Festival - France
o University of Ohio - Akron, OH - USA
o Scuola Populare Di Musica Ivan Illich - Bologna, Italy
o University of Illinois - Urbana, IL - USA
o Tavola Tonda - Palermo, Italy
o Centre Municipal Culture et Loisirs - Gap, France
o Easy Lemon Loft - Chattanooga, TN - USA
o Centr'Arti - San Marino
o MU.VI.MENT.S Festival - Itri, Italy
o High Mayhem - Santa Fe, New Mexico - USA
o Improvisation methods utilized in both the
Cologne School of Music and the Paris Conservatory
o University of Wisconsin in Madison - USA