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DCUL 1825A - Interplay: an introduction to improvisation

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In this course, through the study of improvisation and interpretation, we will take an inside look at what it means to play with others and the skills it requires (regardless of the musical genre but with a leaning towards jazz and improvisatory based music). You will be provided with some of the necessary tools and techniques that will not only challenge your perception but also allow you to deepen your understanding and use of interplay. Furthermore, you will be introduced to several musical styles and forms (spirituals, blues, be-bop, free jazz, baroque, contemporary music, etc.), some of which will be briefly explored from different perspectives (historical, socio-economical, socio-cultural and polictical). We will listen, discover, analyze, debate and play!


LANSON, Sebastien (Musician)

Pedagogical format

Each session will be divided in two parts: in the first part, we will view, analyze and comment on documents (CD's, videos, lead-sheets) which will lead to debate and group or personal presentations. The second will mostly be dedicated to experimenting (varying group sizes), instrument in hand, with the concepts and tools presented in the first part.

Course validation

Attendance and participation are paramount throughout the course. A presentation, a final short essay discussing what you've learned, how it has changed the way you play with others and how it could be used in other areas of your life. A final concert.

Required reading

The Jazz Standards – Ted Gioia – Oxford University Press – 2012

Additional required reading

  • The History Of Jazz - Ted Gioia – Oxford University Press – 2011
  • Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art – Stephen Nachmanovitch – Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. - 1991