Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Host of Alternating Currents on WMSE leads a workshop at WP!
Creating an Ensemble Voice: A Workshop in Collective Musical Improvisation
with Hal Rammel
Saturdays & Sundays, January 10-11, 17-18, 1-4pm $75/$70m
This workshop is open to musicians of all musical experience and background: classical, jazz, folk, rock, experimental or electronic, amplified or acoustic, amateur or professional, experienced or novice.
Participants will be required to bring a musical instrument on which they have reached a reasonable degree of comfort and dexterity. Musical instruments may be commercially manufactured or homemade. The voice may also be considered an instrument in this context. If your instrument is amplified bring your own amplification.
Participants will extend their skills toward freely improvising outside of conventional ideas about musical structure and style; or, in other words, they will explore music that follows the sound rather than proscribed formula or expectation.
This workshop will take place over 4 sessions exploring group improvisation and will culminate, for the final session, in a performance by the ensemble in the gallery at Woodland Pattern Book Center on Sunday, January 18th, at 2pm.
Hal Rammel has been involved in music and the visual arts for over 40 years. As a composer and improviser he utilizes instruments of his own invention. He has taught musical instrument design and construction alongside composition and improvisation with unconventional sound sources at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Experimental Sound Studio, and, under the auspices of Meet the Composer in the 1990s, for A. E Burdick Elementary School in Milwaukee. He is the curator of music programing at Woodland Pattern Book Center and hosts Alternating Currents on WMSE (91.7 FM) every Sunday night.
To register call (414) 263-5001.