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Lauren Norby presents Sunday, November 3

The Amateur

For this session, I ask that performers embody the concept of “The Amateur.” An amateur is “one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession,” or “one lacking in experience and competence in an art or science.” Amateur encompasses both a naiveté and a passion. In your participation, think about ways you can chanel the amateur; perhaps by using an unfamiliar instrument, or deliberately using the instrument “incorrectly,” or abandoning tonality. Keep in mind the collaborative nature of the improvisation, and the importance of listening to and learning from your fellow performers. Try to abandon yourself to the music. Be open to surprises and discoveries.

 

The Season

This session falls on November 3rd, one day after All Souls Day, two days after Hallowmas, three days after Halloween, and just as we begin seeing flurries of Christmas spirit. In this spirit, each group of performers may decide amongst themselves if their improvised work is a funeral dirge or a Christmas tune.