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Improvisation: In the Moment and Without a Net, Joe Craven Workshop
The Woodshed at Keith Holland Guitars
Los Gatos, CA
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Improvisation: In the Moment and Without a Net, Joe Craven Workshop
This two-hour workshop is appropriate for performers of any genre, experience and ability. Teens (12 and up) are welcome. Minimum six participants required, maximum 15.

How do you make better music in the moment and/or say something different every time you take a solo? This class is to help deepen one's connection to spontaneity and flow through organized sound.

Joe teaches musical improvisation more from a theater model rather than the prerequisite model of jazz. As a result, this is not an ability-based class. With this approach, he connects improvisation to what you already do and moves you forward from there.

The workshop will focus on ways to think differently about sound and fearlessness. The significance of rhythm will be explored, along with heightened listening and observation & imitation in music making. This is a really fun experience that will get you thinking about music in ways you never have before!

What Students say about Joe's workshops:

"The ability of a professional like Joe to move toward the intangibles and encourage development in being present in each moment, and to recognize that music is always happening, is a gift for musicians and all human beings."

"Joe changed my concept on what constitutes music by a workshop I attended where he talked about disconnected sound. I've heard music in things I had never considered before that day."

"Joe's classes are interesting, inspiring, invigorating, centering and expanding!"

About Joe Craven

Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, festival emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks ranging from multi-string instrumentalist David Lindley to Blues slide guitar master Roy Rogers to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and groups from Psychograss to The Persuasions to The Horseflies. He was percussionist and fiddler for mandolinist David Grisman for almost 17 years and was special guest with fusion banjo player Alison Brown and her Quartet for almost 7 years.

Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached or not; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, balalaika, boot 'n lace and double-necked whatever. He has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy nominated projects. Joe's performed at festivals and theaters worldwide, from Hardly Strictly to The Kennedy Center and from CA Worldfest to Carnegie Hall, where he joined folks like Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor to help celebrate Stephane Grappelli's 80th birthday concert.

A Cum Laude graduate in both Museology and Aesthetics and an award-winning educator for nearly 20 years, Joeʼs clients include numerous schools, universities, teacher in-services, detention centers, special needs facilities, music camps, American String Teacherʼs Association and corporate clients such as Wells Fargo and Enloe Medical Center. He is the Director of RiverTunes Music Camp and is Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy.  And no matter who Joeʼs connecting with  a community workshop in Costa Rica, a university lecture and demonstration in Washington, or on stage in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland  Joeʼs at home and loving every minute.



The Woodshed at Keith Holland Guitars (View)
16905 Roberts Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

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Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 12
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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