Online Musical Improv Weekend
UPDATE - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the beginner workshop on 12th December will now run an hour later, from 3-6pm GMT.
Is musical improv something you've always wanted to try? Or, have you felt your musical improv skills getting rusty over lockdown? Are you looking to build up your confidence singing in front of others from the comfort of your own home? Or are you just bored and looking for something to do with your December afternoons?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then these online workshops are for you! From The Spontaneous Players musical director Jenny Laahs comes a weekend of beginner/improver level workshops from 12th - 13th December, on both days running from 2pm - 5pm GMT.
Both workshops will include a mixture of singing exercises to strengthen your confidence, the theory and thinking behind improvising a song, progressive musical improv games, and of course actually improvising songs! The content will be tied together with Jenny's original framework for constructing songs.
The beginner workshop on Saturday 12th will start from the building blocks of creating a song from scratch, and the improver workshop on Sunday 13th will focus on confident structuring of full songs. You can attend one or both workshops as you prefer.
About the facilitator:
Jenny Laahs is the mainstay pianist of the Scottish improv scene. She is the musical director of The Spontaneous Players and TBC Improv, as well as being a resident pianist with Men With Coconuts. She has performed all over the UK with The Spontaneous Players to critical acclaim, including multiple sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Scottish Comedy Award. Originally trained in classical piano and with 20 years playing experience, she turned her hand to improv accompaniment in 2016 and has never looked back. She has led musical improv workshops with Men With Coconuts, TBC Improv, Smoky Monkeys and independently via Zoom in 2020.
Outside of improv, Jenny is a music therapist and community musician and experienced workshop leader, as well as being the face behind electro-pop songwriting project PINLIGHT.
Online Access Information
You will be sent a Zoom access link as well as some download files a few days prior to the event.