11 Non-Musical Improv Skills for MDs

Introduction Last month I posted a blog listing 13 essential music-related skills for improv Musical Directors. I made the point in that blog that those skills can be learned outside of an improv setting, and cannot be acquired during e.g. a 3 hour workshop.  Besides, those skills are general music related skills that are unrelated … Continue reading 11 Non-Musical Improv Skills for MDs

13 Essential Musical Skills for Improv Musical Directors

Introduction A couple of times every year I get asked to work with musicians who want to do Musical Direction  (MD) for improv, or I get asked to run MD workshops at festivals. Which I happily do, but it often surprises me how unrealistic the participants’ expectations are. I think the reason for this is … Continue reading 13 Essential Musical Skills for Improv Musical Directors

Musical Direction for a Road Trip

Introduction Last month we did a series of improv shows with Quicksilver Productions, and this year they decided to do a couple of Road Trips.  Here's how I went about musical direction for this kind of format. The Format A Road Trip is a very verbose long form format. The premise is simple: a group … Continue reading Musical Direction for a Road Trip

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

Postmodern Musical Improv Format

Introduction This post covers a musical (long form) improv format that I call a “Postmodern Musical”. Before we dive into the format, let me explain why I call it “postmodern”. Postmodernism  is a pretty broad term, and as argued here @ allaboutphilosophy.org   it is by nature “difficult to define, because to define it would violate … Continue reading Postmodern Musical Improv Format