• Summer School: ''Let the Performers Be Themselves''

    Clarence Penn: "You have to be careful about how attached you are to the piece of music you've written." We continue our Summer School blog series with a lesson on improvisation and composition.

    In this Professional Training Workshop, 11 young jazz composer-performers focused on the balance between writing a piece of music and letting go of preconceived notions of how the music should sound during a live performance.
    Participants worked with renowned trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas and his guests, pianist Uri Caine and drummer Clarence Penn, on the creation, rehearsal, and production of original works involving improvisation.


     

    “When you're writing ... you're providing [performers] a foundation to build upon and to really be themselves.”

    —Participant Nadje Noordhuis

    For more of this series, explore:

    Summer School: "Music is the Star" 

    For more of this master class, watch:
    The full workshop on our Online Resource Center

    For more information about applying for an opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Marilyn Horne, John Adams and David Robertson, and the Takács Quartet, visit:
    Professional Training Workshops 

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