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
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
If you are doing musical improv, how do you know or decide when to sing? In this article I discuss a couple of options. Organically Sometimes songs just happen organically. The Musical Director (MD) provides underscore to a scene and a player just feels she has to burst out in song. Magic! In my experience … Continue reading Time to Sing?
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
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
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