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Day of Improvisation

Date(s) - Sep-08-2018
Starting at 10:00 AM

Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY - Syracuse - NY - United States


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018:   10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY :   All events are in the Academic II building. Parking is available in lot 7, with handicapped parking in lot 6.

To register, please contact Alina at alinaoboe@yahoo.com or (315)422-4582 with your name, instrument, email, phone, and approximate level of musical experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional).

Treat yourself to a day of creative music-making at this Music for People satellite workshop. Join us for playful and inspiring workshops with an approach to improvisation that is inviting and artistically rich for musicians from diverse backgrounds. Whether you are a professional musician, teacher, student, or amateur, you will have a chance to recharge and refresh your own musical spirit while stepping into a community that honors deep listening and connection. Optional sessions will include movement, drumming, voice, chamber music, and a variety of elective topics. The day will conclude with a concert improvised by participants.

Facilitators include Tim Simmons, Todd Rogers, Alina Plourde, Jimbo Talbot, Jeffrey Mehr, and Jessica King. All instruments, including voice, are welcome and will work well for improvising. There will be some percussion and other instruments available to share, as well as pianos and keyboards.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Because it is grant-supported, this event is offered free of charge. Pack a lunch or purchase food at the on-campus Gordon Student Center (minimal options available on Saturdays).

For out-of-town participants, we recommend the following Syracuse hotels as being conveniently located about a 15-minute drive from the OCC campus: The Genesee Grande Hotel, the Parkview Hotel, or the Crowne Plaza.

Questions? Please email Alina Plourde: alinaoboe@yahoo.com

Here are some comments from last year’s event:

“WOW. The Day of Improvisation fed my soul and she drank deeply. In my 71 years I don’t ever remember feeling so alive, open, creative, and connected to others. Thank you for a peak experience!”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to improvise through a variety of processes! Great examples for use with student groups.”

“I liked the connections made through playing music with a variety of people from different backgrounds and age groups. It really solidified my belief that music can bring people together, even people you wouldn’t have otherwise communicated with.”

“It was wonderful to meet other musicians and singers and to feel and become part of the community.”

“That was the most fun I’ve ever had.”