Hamthrax and ImprovFriday

There was a lot of swine flu name variation jokes popping up on FB and Twitter last night.  My favorite was hamthrax.

Speaking of, I think I was feeling a bit under the weather last night after sitting in a pollen-ridden area for a half hour. You could literally see the pollen flying through the air and landing on you. So I went to bed early, but not after learning that two of our improvisers have studied or are studying with La Monte Young. James Ross and Randy Gibson. In fact, yesterday three of the improvisers had LMY connections. James Ross’ impro yesterday was a jam with John Berendzen, who also studies with LMY and that’s how the two met. As I told James, we might as well invite the man himself.

Charles Turner started out the day, David Toub followed up, I entered one around 7 PM PST, and David Toub posted his seminal work as performed by Paul Bailey, an impro-mix, part 1 of “This Piece Intentionally Left Blank.”  I shouldn’t forget to mention Randy Gibson, who had the most eloquent, subtle and short work, titled “The Sound of Rain,” in the style of Yoko Ono.

I would like to welcome back Paul Hertz, who submitted his improvisation after I had succumb to sleep, dreaming of epidemics and zombies. I can’t wait to listen to his and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen’s, who finished up the night with his improvisation #8. Special thanks to Charles Turner for his great participation and awesome improvisation.

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