Creative Chamber Music

Earlier this month a group of classically-trained adult musicians came together to launch the Game Symphony Workshop. The program is designed to unlock and unblock creativity, ease fears, build community, and generate new music.

Saturday morning, we broke the ice with musical adaptations of theater and improv comedy games. We used these games to introduce six creative practices:

  1. Experimentation
  2. Play
  3. Limitations
  4. Listening
  5. Suspending Judgement
  6. Quality Comes for Quantity

I’ll outline these practices with actionable strategies for practicing in my forthcoming Creative Music Handbook. Reserve a free download here.

Musicians formed small ensembles and independently crafted compositions and structured improvisations. After the two-day workshop, the participants premiered sixteen original pieces! Here are a couple highlights:

Improvised Harp Duet
Carol Levin, electric harp and effects
Bill McJohn on baroque triple harp

String Trio Improvisation

Kendal Seager, violin
Gwen Franz and Ryan Cho, viola

Looking forward to many more workshops in the future!

– ST

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