A03 - 
Improvising Jazz on the Piano
  "Improvisation" (etymology: "not-previously-seen") implies doing or creating something "new" but not completely "random". Jazz is the purest musical expression of creating something radically new and spontaneous but also, ironically, with ordered, musical coherence. In this two-day class we will discuss some strategies to improvise and create something new, but in some ways the same, out of familiar pieces of music. In our first meeting, participants will be asked to bring one or two favorite pieces that they are prepared to play; we will then work on how to improvise melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically with these pieces. In our second meeting, participants will return with additional creative ideas, and together we will look for ways to further improvise on the pieces, with the goal of making improvisation a permanent part of all your future musical journeys. *Class will be limited to 8 participants who should be pianists with an intermediate familiarity with scales, arpeggios, and chords, and who are comfortable playing in front of their peers.
Harvard University-Rosovsky Hall
1/8/2020, 1/13/2020