Talk to your Musical Director

I have written before on the importance of, as improv players, talking to your musical director (MD),as a matter of getting on the same page.   In most cases such chin wagging happens in rehearsal or prior to shows. But there is something else which I personally enjoy, and which I would not mind seeing more often: … Continue reading Talk to your Musical Director

Antifactual Storytelling

This post covers a technique that can be used to either create laughs without cracking a joke, as well as to create instant tension. It is called Antifactual Storytelling, and it is based on characters’ opinions, secrets, lies and misunderstandings. The first part of this post covers some theory, but the whole concept is best … Continue reading Antifactual Storytelling

Songs vs Opera – Titles for Improvised Songs

What makes an improvised song a really good one? There are several possible criteria, and which you use or not is a personal preference: improvised singing is art, not science. In this article we’ll discuss a criterion that is perhaps underestimated: the title. Songs vs Opera In workshops, mostly with inexperienced improvisers/singers, it is not … Continue reading Songs vs Opera – Titles for Improvised Songs

P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

At VIF2019 in Boston earlier this month I did a workshop on Musical Long Form, followed by 2 performances by the workshop group. We created a fun format that I’d like to share this month. The format is named “Post-Modern Musical Montage” - of if you want to sound hip/cool/exotic, feel free to call it … Continue reading P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

The Circle of Possibilities

Over 2 years ago I did a post on the Circle of Expectations - in that post I mentioned there is very little material to be found on the internet about the term.  Well, there's suddenly more!  Last month Patti Stiles posted 2 videos about the concept - which she prefers to call the "Circle … Continue reading The Circle of Possibilities