Since 2020 we started a series of online activities that included interviews with creative artists and workshops of a variety of topics. The interviews included Matt Nelson, Todd Steed, Will Wright, Abby Fisher and Two Way Street.
Songwriting with Sean McCollough
May 14th 3 PM EST
In this workshop, performing-songwriter Sean McCollough will discuss songwriting as both process and inspiration. He will talk about some of the nuts and bolts of songwriting such as constructing melody, chord progressions, rhythm, rhyme schemes, etc. But he also recognizes that much of songwriting is more intuitive than simply putting together the pieces, so he will also explore finding sources of inspiration and how to break free old habits and explore new ideas. He will share his own experiences, along with those of fellow songwriters, including his wife who has a very different process than his own. He asks that, if you are able, you bring a song that you are working on – even if it’s just lyrics, or just melody, or just a chord progression. This is not a requirement to attend the workshop, but there will be a little time in the middle to work on something of your own and get feedback from Sean. If there is time at the end, a few people may be able to share what they are working on.
6 Improvisation Clinics
Feb 27th 10 AM EST
Register now for our first virtual improvisation workshop. The clinics will take place on February 27th between 10 AM – 6 PM EST via Zoom. Each session will be 1 hour long.
The presenters for the first edition will be offering a variety topics and approaches to improvisation (in alphabetical order).
Richard Barrett: “NEW INPUTS”. An exploration of ways in which improvisational practices from artistic disciplines such as visual art, theatre and dance can inform and inspire thinking and activity in freely improvised music, particularly in an educational context.
Oğuz Büyükberber: “Generating pitch content for improvisation”.
Tim Feeney: "Bringing the Outside In".
Valeria Mignaco: Ornamentation in baroque music: introductory concepts.
Joo Won Park: “Electronic Music Ensemble Improvisation”.
Ed Sarath: “Improvisation, Soul and Cosmos”
Since 2019 and with the support of the Nora Roberts Foundation the ensemble led a number of workshops and activities in educational institutions. Throughout these workshops we had the opportunity to read and premiered more than a dozen composition write specifically for us, that number keeps growing! We also lead workshops on improvisation with composers that ranged from middle school students to recent college graduates.
Select list of testimonials by composers, students, workshops collaborators and more!