This week's improvisation explores the different sounds that can be made using paint brushes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DnQfIV-fik&feature=youtu.be The way I choose which instrument to use in these improvisations is by using a dice to randomly select from a list. My list is: ViolinPianoVoiceOther I've reached the point where I'm running out of ideas for 'Other'. So I [...]
The first vocal improvisation of the year! I took inspiration from Pauline Oliveros' 'Environmental Dialogue' and responded to the various electronic hums around my flat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bq2Elaa494
Last week I found an mbira (an African instrument, also known as a thumb piano) in a local charity shop. This improvisation experiments with the different sounds that it can make. (Watch this video to see someone play the mbira properly, it's a gorgeous instrument.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAz1NMDvTpY
I've got two violin improvisations for you today, to make up for the lack of one last week (oops!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvPkSmK_Gtw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H0S5pyMI_Q Over the last two weeks, I attended two fantastic concerts. The first was the Manchester Collective's 'BLACK ANGELS' - the first concert by this group I've attended...but definitely not the last! It was awesome. [...]
Improvisation #7 on the piano: https://youtu.be/bD9qWCfO5mU This week I listened to Mary Jane Leach.
Another violin improvisation - my dog was not happy about some of these sounds! https://youtu.be/vLar9sMthCw This week I listened to Philip Glass, who everyone probably knows because he's part of the musical canon we all learn about at school and university. However, for my list of composers to listen to, I've been searching for composers [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2eUgRjL21Q My first piano improvisation of the year. Yes, I'm still using the clickity-clackity piano that I had back when I created sketching the rain. Hopefully I'll live somewhere big enough for my nicer piano soon!