(Photo credit: Perecca)
My Improvisation for Classical Musicians class had its second concert of improvised chamber music last night and it was a big success and a lot of fun. The program was put together with help of the audience in suggestions for some pieces as well as taking part (at times: fingersnaps, crinkling paper, cell phone ring tones, jingling keys). Being in the audience at a concert like this is different from any other (besides the fact that the audience contributes sounds as well) – like a sports game, no one knows what is going to happen, how the pieces are going to come out, not the audience, not the players, not me. And that makes it all very exciting be a part of.
1. Sequential Solos. Matt started alone on stage, improvising a piano solo. The other players came on stage at intervals of 60 to 90 seconds: Sarah – bassoon, Drew – horn, Madeline – flute, Devin – tuba. The audience contributed some background sounds now and then at my signal. At the end of the solos I signaled for all to play. 01 Sequential Solos
2. Music for an imaginary holiday #1 (audience suggestion): Slime Day. Performed by Drew and Devin, with the Sarah and Madeline on percussion, with piano allowed only extended techniques. 02 Slime Day
3. Music for an imaginary holiday #2 (audience suggestion): Spandex Appreciation Day. Performed by flute and basson, with the Drew and Devin on percussion and piano on piano. 03 Spandex Appreciation Day