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Thursday, August 8 • 10:15am - 4:00pm
Learning Journey: Improvisation Yes! The Art of Risk

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Improvisation, exploration, and New York are some of the embedded genetic traits of jazz music. So what better way to expand your applied improvisation skills than through one of the great artistic contributions the world has seen? This is a performance based session open to all voices, sounds and instruments. Taught by Stony Brook University Artist in Residence, Dr. Tom Manuel, we’ll explore sources and techniques of musical improvisation: practice and skills, playfulness, emotion, courage, will, concentration, risk, the power of limits, patience, trust and dedication. This interactive session will be hands, feet, voice and body on — participants with no or lots of experience will improvise from moment one, learning the importance of improvisation in Jazz as well as in life. We’ll be exploring the art of spontaneous, improvisatory, jazz improvisation and musicians (and non-musicians) of all levels of ability are invited to attend! A variety of exercises and techniques will be explored with the goal of expanding each musicians pallet of individual creative expression.


Tom Manuel

Tom Manuel is a Jazz historian, music educator and trumpet player. As the recent recipient of an endowed Scholar in Residence Chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University, Manuel directs the Stony Brook University Young Artist Program jazz program, in residence at the Jazz Loft... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:15am - 4:00pm EDT
The Jazz Loft