Improvfriday Program July 3, 2009

To say that yesterday’s improvisations and works were outstanding is an understatement.  I was left quite impressed to say the least.

A quick note:   Its perfectly fine to premiere new works and old improvisations to ImprovFriday.  I’m sure improvisational techniques go into your compositions and if its an old improvisation, who cares?   Of course Jeffrey Harrington’s ImprovFriday mp3 radio is for improvisational works made for ImprovFriday. The reason I bring this up is because if you don’t put the ImprovFriday notice up in your post (#improvfriday for Twitter), I’m not sure if you were meaning for the work to be part of the event which is important to know when I get around to blogging.  I don’t want to leave anyone out.

The wonderful list of music from July 3, 2009:

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen – Sequence

David Toub – Two Rhythmic Spaces

Lee Noyes, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, JC Combs The Man Who Lives Inside the Piano Finds a Hornet’s Nest Accompanying Libretto

Charles Turner – Siegfried Scales an Alp

JC Combs – Patriotic Dissent (4th of July Medley)

Paul Hertz – The Soul of an Empty Room

Benjamin Smith – Improvisation, July 3, 2009

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4 thoughts on “Improvfriday Program July 3, 2009

  1. OK, I’ve read the archive postings for “online improvisation friday” and I sorta have an idea of what this is.

    But for us clueless newbies, do you have a definition of “improvisation” and some sort of how-to or FAQ on how to participate? I’ve listened to some of the pieces you link here, but there must be more to it…


  2. Hi Paul,

    There is a group at NNM with how to instructions.

    This is a really simple concept. Play improvisations and post them. The only way to play live and in front of an audience at the moment is through Ustream or you can record whatever live performance from a club and post it. Otherwise, turn your Cakewalk record on and play whatever you want. Improv: Press record and start playing. Some people compose works for improvfriday, which is totally fine.

    The difficult part, for some, is figuring out how to load music into and how to link and technical issues like that.
    email me at if you run into any problems.


  3. James:

    Thanks for the reference to the NNM Group (duh) – just what I was looking for.

    You mentioned that

    “Some people compose works for improvfriday, which is totally fine.”

    My improvisation skills are pretty much non-existant, sad to say. But if you are accepting composed pieces, are there any ground rules to keep within the spirit of the thing: maybe it has to be done at one sitting – completed within a couple of hours – use of a seed phrase?

    I have written – more like sketched really – stuff within an hour or so that is pretty much fully formed. I like the idea of writing quickly with no preparation.

    Close enough? If not, no worries. The idea of an improvfriday is worth sustaining – however you decide is best.


  4. I accept anything made for improvfriday and also feel free to premier new works there. Its not a competition, just a listening party, so no need for rules. Jeff Harrington made an improvfriday mp3 player and has some ground rules (basically don’t add works/impros not created for improvfriday).

    It sounds like you may enjoy the collaborative works as well, where multiple people add things. That is a form of improvisation because adding onto something not yours can be difficult, the end result interesting.

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