Accessible to instrumentalists and vocalists of any level.
Free Improvisation was born in part from movements for civil rights and equality in the postwar twentieth century. Among its many aims in different places and times has been the hope of breaking down and escaping from musical and social hierarchies, and finding alternative ways of interacting that are open, equal, experimental, communicative… and
that create music built on new ways of relating with and hearing each other.
Today improvisation is more relevant than ever:
SPACE, COURAGE, LISTENING and CONCISENESS are essential to large-group improvisation in music but also more widely as a way of approching life and social relationships…
Should we recapitulate existing structures and sound-worlds? How do we find new ones?
How can we play together in a large group and ALL be heard…. how can we respect each other, and be respected?
What is it like to play from silence? From sound?
How do we unite in playing, and how do we play together and yet maintain our separate identities?
How do we make the most of our differences… in how we pay attention, in our ways of listening and uttering? How far can we go into difference?
By listening and playing together we can begin to find answers in the ever-evolving practice of improvisation.
This workshop is in collaboration with Radio ARA. BELONG is hosted by IWHO asbl, and benefits from the support of ESCH 2022, the City of Esch-sur-Alzette, OEUVRE Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, Rocklab, and Bâtiment IV.