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The language of Improvisation

Tuesday 14 May 2019, 4.00PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Dominic Lash

This workshop with Dominic Lash will explore some of the ideas of the American composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton.

It will focus on his "language music types", which are simple strategies for improvisation that, in Braxton's own ensembles, can be cued by any member of the ensemble. Braxton, however, does not rigidly divide improvisation from composition so - given his statement that "all compositions in my music system connect together" - we will also look at some of his classic compositions from the 1970s. As well as giving insights into Braxton's own system, the workshop will offer inspiration about different ways of approaching improvisation, as well as incorporating improvisation and composition.

Please bring your instruments.

Dominic Lash is a freely improvising double bassist, although his activities also range much more widely and include playing bass guitar and other instruments; both writing and performing composed music; and writing about music and various other subjects. He has performed with musicians such as Tony Conrad (in duo and quartet formations), Joe Morris (trio and quartet), Evan Parker (duo, quartet and large ensemble) and the late Steve Reid. His main projects include The Dominic Lash Quartet, The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group focused on the work of the Wandelweiser collective) and The Convergence Quartet.

Location: Room 106