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Art of Improvisation: Music for People

July 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am - August 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm


Art of Improvisation
Music for People

Join Music for People and an extraordinary group of advanced and professional musicians as you explore the Art of Improvisation with the kind of commitment, nuance, and profundity found in fine classical ensemble playing and the best jazz, rock and world music combos. In an energetic, humorous and open-minded environment, discover how to move beyond the inhibitions of musical training while playing at the peak of your technical and expressive ability in your preferred musical style.

The Music for People faculty (Mary Knysh, David Rudge, Lynn Miller, Eric Miller, Jim Oshinsky and Julie Weber) join forces in this unique approach to music improvisation, using techniques drawn from around the world – from Bach to Boogie-Woogie and Brazilian to BeBop. Art of Improvisation is for musicians and vocalists experienced in any musical tradition, including classical, jazz, theater, rock, ethnic, avant-garde, etc.; and all instruments including acoustic, electric, ethnic drums and percussion, and even homemade. Prior experience in improvisation is not necessary, as this workshop is based on the concept that there are no “wrong notes.” This in-depth workshop is intensive, yet always fun and rewarding.

The AOI workshop includes free time for jamming, as well as impromptu showcases, providing participants with the opportunity to improvise in front of each other while their performances are professionally recorded. Free Improvisation opens doors of creativity for both performers and teachers. This workshop will inspire teachers to take Improvisation, one of the National Educational Standards, into their classrooms.

Vocal Track with Lynn Miller Inquire about these unique workshop sessions specifically designed for vocalists.

Recording Studio Track with Eric Miller This hands-on workshop, led by musician and recording engineer Eric Miller, is an opportunity to be in on the recording end of some of the best improv music you’ll ever hear, while working with state of the art recording equipment. AND.. pick and choose what parts of the regular AOI you would like to participate in as well! Learn how to record a live ensemble and have it sound great! Learn the basics of a recording studio setup, or “What do you do with all of these wires?” Set up a live-to-two-track stereo mix, learn microphone placement to get the best sound, experience CD duplication.

Lynn S and Richard C appear in a portion of their flute duet recorded at Art of Improvisation in the Music for People recording studio.

Accommodations Located in beautiful Chautauqua County, Fredonia State University of NY is the westernmost campus in the SUNY system. The region, home to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, is less than an hour from Niagara Falls and is a vacation destination for many interested in arts, culture, and all-season recreation.

Lodging/Meals: Dorm lodging will be available at very reasonable rates.

Directions: Click here for directions on the SUNY Fredonia site. Meals: A meal plan is included with the lodging. Commuters can purchase individual meals at the cafeteria for the meals they attend.

Costs Workshop Tuition: Early Bird $425 by July 1st, $475 after July 1st. Full Time Student Rate / Senior Rate is $325. SUNY Fredonia Student Rate: $100. Daily Rate of $100/day available for up to 3 days. Housing with meals: $TBA- for the week in a single dorm room/shared bath and all meals from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch at the SUNY Fredonia campus cafeteria. OR $TBA – for the week in a double shared dorm room/shared bath and all meals from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch at the SUNY Fredonia campus cafeteria.

Arrival/Departure Information: Onsite check-in starts at 4 PM on Sunday and the first workshop session is on Sunday evening at 7 PM. The workshop ends around noon on Friday. CEU Credits Continuing Education credits available via Expressive Therapy Concepts for music therapists and counselors. Additional fee applies. Please coordinate in advance by e-mail to Eric@musicforpeople.org College Credit Graduate Credit Information Register for College Credit through the SUNY Webite http://www.fredonia.edu/music/improv.asp
Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 4:00pm – Friday, August 1, 2014 – 12:00pm
SUNY, Fedonia, NY
$425 tuition
Music for People Staff


July 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am
August 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm


SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY United States + Google Map


Music for People
(860) 491-3763
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