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

Inventing a Musical Give & Take Improv Exercise

Introduction In October 2016 we @ RIOT were invited to FLUIM2.0, a long form improv festival in Utrecht Holland.  I taught a workshop on improvised singing, in which we came up with a fun exercise.  Since then I've adapted the exercise for actual performance use. The Exercise Here is how the exercise came about.  The … Continue reading Inventing a Musical Give & Take Improv Exercise

Musical Direction for Genre-Based Long Form Improv

Introduction At “The Right To Be Funny” festival last month, the cast decided to end the festival with a “Tarantino Night”.    When I asked how they would like that MD-ed (MD standing for Musical Direction) they went “Oh lots of surf guitar music.  Or maybe vampire music.  Or Ennio Morricone.  Or Nazi songs.”   I scratched … Continue reading Musical Direction for Genre-Based Long Form Improv